Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love. – Ephesians 4:2

tylb-what-do-you-expectIt is so easy to place our values and expectations upon others, measuring them by our standards and grading them on how well they fit into our plans. And sadly, we are most prone to do this with those closest to us. They sometimes become our emotional punching bags because we know they are the least likely to abandon us when we show our demanding side.

Expectations create unnecessary disappointments. Try to approach each day, each relationship, and each situation with the conscious thought that God wants you to be humble and gentle with others.

Think about how patient God is with you. He meets you right where you are, loves you unconditionally, and focuses on your possibilities, not your faults or failures. This is how he wants you to be with the people in your life as well. If you will allow those who are closest to you the opportunity to be human, you will be surprised at how quickly they grow.

Ask Yourself
Do you tend to judge others too harshly at times? Which of your expectations for others might be too high?

How are your expectations for yourself tied up with your expectations for others? Can being patient with yourself help you be patient with others?

Ask God
Dear Lord, please help me to be as patient with others as you have been with me, and keep me ever conscious of the fact that you work with each of us on an individual basis. Help me to focus on what is expected of me today and not busy myself with the faults of others.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.