SEE THE GOOD IN OTHERS
Frustrated people can’t see the good in others, especially because they can’t see the good in themselves; and so, they often criticize and pick on other people.
TO THE BIBLE Philippians 4:8 TLB
“…Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”
There’re people who almost never see the good in others. They’re known to always dwell on the shortcomings they perceive in other people. Even when others make good remarks about someone, they would most likely have something negative to add to it. For instance, if someone is complimented for her dressing, a negative-thinking person would possibly say, “Yes, her dress is beautiful, but she’s overweight.” They would rather dwell on what they perceive as deficient in others than pay simple compliments even when deserved. That’s a wrong way to live!
Such behaviours are signs of frustration. Anybody who act in this manner must come to the realization that such negative attitudes exhibited can only entrench them deeper in the mud of misery. Frustrated people can’t see the good in others, especially because they can’t see the good in themselves; and so, they often criticize and pick on other people.
However, our theme verse counsels us to “See the good in others.” This is so important because observing and appreciating the good in others isn’t about making them happy. Rather, it’s about building a strong and positive character as you allow the outflow of good things from within you. It’s about becoming the joyful, successful and prosperous young man or woman that God already planned for you to be.
Go Deeper: Galatians 6:1
Dear Father, I thank you for bringing me greater illumination through your Word today. I’m inspired to appreciate the good things in people and encourage them from a sincere heart. I represent Christ to my world and choose today to value the intrinsic worth placed in other people by God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Always make the conscious effort to appreciate others for who they are. It’s the right thing to do. Even when you notice something wrong about others, be loving enough to point it out in a sincere manner. This is a fine virtue you must cultivate; it’ll place you on a higher plane in your Christian walk.