This portion of my blog features selected daily devotional reflection I've read from different sources.
A Little Give and Take
Ro 12:10 - Giving preference to one another
Before discussing what healthy compromise is, let's be clear about what it's NOT. It's not giving up what you believe, or who you are, or accepting second best because you're impatient or afraid of criticism. Healthy compromise is about learning to negotiate a win win for both sides. It's tempting to dismiss somebody as being wrong, and see only our own vewpoint. That's when it's crucial to relinquish your pride, step outside of the role you're playing, try to become the other person and ask yourself, " Can I see their point of view?" Can I appreciate why they might feel as they do? Can I help them to better understand where I'm coming from?" The stronger we are in personality and views, the more we risk alienating the very people we need by being inflexible and unwilling to hear them out.
Here are two Scriptures we need to think about when we're hard-headed.
1. "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" Ro 12:10
2. "Be at peace among yourselves...comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all...always pursue what is good for yourselves and for all" 1Th 5:13-15 Amazing, isn't it? All you need is alittle give-and-take.
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Source: The Word For You Today by Living Faith Christian Center