We form opinions.

About life. About things. About other people.

When other people grow and develop and change, some people refuse to see such growth or development or change.

They previously formed conclusions and refuse to change those opinions. They lock their notions.

Instead of complementing and encouraging, instead of recognizing and acknowledging, instead of respecting and loving, the old thoughts remain the main thoughts. The old views appear to be the only views.

Dear Lord, help us help others. Encouraged us to encourage others. Give us ears to hear and hearts to love and minds to learn. Take away the hate we too often display. Help us have the right perspective about life and things. And especially about people. Please form our opinions for us. May our views be Your view. May our attitudes be Yours.

[34] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [35] By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV)

[1] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. [2] For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [3] “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV)

[19] My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, [20] because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20 NIV)