The Considerate Other Half

When we contemplate this, we find that it hides a wealth of thought for some very serious and deep contemplation.  Being considerate, is being polite and caring. People like it when you’re considerate of their feelings and of their situations. We should all probably be way more considerate of others: this word means that you’re thinking of other people — considering them — and then treating them decently and with respect, sort of putting them before yourself, putting them first, considerate of their circumstances, kind and tender hearted.  Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  Luke 6:31 ERV “Do for others what you want them to do for you.”

Your Spouse, you will find abundant evidence there in your bedroom, in your bathroom, their cloths are even in your closet, even drawers full of their clothes and jackets hanging up, shoes all lined up, the evidence of their very existence is in your laundry, drying on the cloths line, being folded, ironed, they are there for breakfast, again for the evening meal, if they are not there in person, then there is indisputable evidence every place in your home, and even in your life, also in your social life, that there is a being who is “The Considerate Other Half.”  But then, what is the relationship, a squatter that just moved in, takes a pile of space up, gives minimal, and takes lots, consumes so much of your time for minimal return on investment, just like a Corporate Seagull; ‘They fly in, squawk lots, eat all your food, mess up everything, and then just up and flies off again.’  But are they whom your heart desires, the one you think about regularly, they appear in most of your conversations, there is indisputable evidence that they exist, and that they are very important, even a critical part of your life.  Before they came into your life it was just so-so, now after they came in, life is so aboundingly different, nothing even compares, for the before and after are so drastically different now.  But is it good and joyful, bearing one another’s burdens, or do you have a ‘Couch Surfer’ a ‘Squatter,’ a ‘User,’ is your ‘Considerate Other Half,’ an ‘Asset’ or a ‘Liability, but then are you even an ‘Asset’ or a ‘Liability unto to them’??’

 Let’s us take your relationship with Jesus, do people you come in contact with even know about your relationship, or lack thereof of a relationship with Jesus.  Does he become a subject you talk about with passion and enthusiasm, is that passion to God’s Glory, or do you bring shame and embarrassment to heaven?  Mathew 10:32-33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”  How come Jesus is not appreciated as “The Considerate other half?” 

Let us contemplate ‘The Holy Spirit,’ do people you come in contact with even know about your relationship, or lack thereof of a relationship with ‘The Holy Spirit.’  Does the Holy Spirit become a subject you talk about with passion and enthusiasm, is that passion to God’s Glory, or do you bring shame and embarrassment to heaven?  Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Quote; “When man has sinned against a holy and merciful God, he can pursue no other course so noble as to repent sincerely, and confess his errors in tears and bitterness of soul. This God requires of him; He accepts nothing less than a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” {FLB 136} Quote; “Conscience is the voice of God, heard amid the conflict of human passions; when it is resisted, the Spirit of God is grieved.  Men have the power to quench the Spirit of God; the power of choosing is left with them. They are allowed freedom of action. They may be obedient through the name and grace of our Redeemer, or they may be disobedient, and realize the consequences.  The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and its evidence. {FLB 58} ‘Let us be considerate of the other half’ not just our earthly other half, but of our Heavenly Family as well.     Kindly, considerate, compassionate, Psalm 86:15 “But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”  Psalm 145:8 “The LORD [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”  Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget me, yet will I not forget thee.  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.”  Mark 1:41 “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth [his] hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”  Hosea 6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”  Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  John 3:15-17 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  But God, in the fullest sense, is “The Considerate other half,” and Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”  John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”  Let us in all ways, and in every way, be appreciative of what we gain from “The Considerate other half,” be considerate of what we give to “The Considerate other half,” and make God first, last and the very best in everything, as God is the ultimate fulfillment of, “The Considerate other half.”