Considerate to All

by Scarlett Stough

Godly wisdom is considerate (James 3:17.) [See the definitions in the Editor’s Notes below.) Overseers of the church (I Timothy 3:2-3) are exhorted to be considerate. So are those subject to civil authority whatever their function in the church (Titus 3:1-2.) Whether we are making managerial decisions or receiving instructions from figures in authority, the followers of Christ are expected to exercise wisdom by being considerate and gentle.

The obedience God requires of those who trust him is not a mindless action. Our obedience must consider all the factors and is always obedient to God first where there is a conflict (Acts 5:29.) We follow laws, rules and regulations remaining thoughtful of the needs and feelings of others. We take careful thought about how our actions will affect the welfare of others, including those who mistreat us (I Peter 2:18.)

This is our goal, our standard we aim to achieve. We know we make many mistakes in this regard, but as in other sins, we confess and rely on Jesus to bring us more fully in alignment with his way (I John 1:8-9.)

Jesus is our example of gentleness and being reasonable (II Corinthians 10:1.) As Christians following his example, we are to show gentleness to all (Philippians 4:5.)

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Gentleness of Christ.

(Editor’s Notes): From The American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language, fourth edition: Considerate is defined: 1. Having or marked by regard for the needs or feelings of others….2. Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.

Gentle is defined: 1. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender. 2. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft….3. Easily managed or handled….

From The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, copyright 2001: The Greek word epieikes , translated “considerate” in James 3:17, Titus 3:2, and I Peter 2:18, “denotes (1) seemly, fitting; hence, equitable, fair, moderate, forbearing, not insisting on the letter of the law; (2) it expresses that considerateness that looks ‘humanely and reasonably at the facts of a case‘;

The NIV translates epieikes as “gentle” in I Timothy 3:3 and “gentleness” in II Corinthians 10:1 and Philippians 4:5.

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