The Actions Of Others

She was feeling unappreciated and disrespected

2 Samuel 12:1-31

Reference: “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: A friend of mine at work was talking about another colleague. They had started working closely together and she was now starting to hit some challenges.

Her colleague would often make decisions without consulting her and she was feeling unappreciated and disrespected. We talked about it for a while and, although I knew she felt better just verbalising her difficulties, we also came up with a few things she could do to try to change her situation.

That night I couldn’t get our conversation out of my head. It wasn’t that I had been surprised at what my friend had revealed, but I was personally challenged by her situation.

I realised I can be like our colleague at times. Without meaning to I can often get overly enthusiastic about my work and forget to bring people along with me. I wondered whether other workmates felt the same way about me as my friend felt about her colleague.

Application: It’s good to consider how your actions impact others. It’s challenging to have someone confront you directly, but it’s humbling to realise there are times when we are still selfish and don’t consider others.

King David was certainly challenged to look at the impact of his actions. In one of the best documented lessons, David had a mirror put up to his life and he didn’t like what he saw.

We can all learn to be better. Whether you are the king of a country or a young shepherd boy, God desires for us to turn from our mistakes.

Instead of looking at the bad behaviour of others let’s turn the judgmental eye on ourselves and start learning from our mistakes.

Prayer: Lord, we fail and stumble when it comes to doing what is right. May we never stop reflecting on our actions and do our best to live according to Your will. Amen.

Looking back on your week, what can you learn from your actions?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.