“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves,” Philippians 2:3
We live in an age where self-assertiveness plays a vital role in relationships and professional circles. From resume to personality development classes, the noun self-assertion is referred by all. It is not mere expression of one’s importance; it is insistence of one’s wishes, needs, opinions etc. We do not have much time to look at other’s miseries or troubles as we are so obsessed with our own world. A typical modern or urban home can tell much about it. The family members including parents, children and relatives all are glued to their dearest communication devices while at home. Even while having dinner they can’t leave their mobiles and tabs. They find difficulty in communicating with a family member or a person next door. However, they chat long hours with people whom they have never met. We don’t have time for others, at some extent, shamefully, not for our own dear ones too.
However, Jesus drew a perfect example for us how to serve others and think about others. While Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, He identified Himself in order that His disciples could get away. “I am the man you want. Let these others go” On the road to the cross, unthinking of himself, he pauses to speak to the weeping women. “Weep not for me but weep for yourselves and for your children.” When nails are driven through his hands, all his pain turned to prayer for those who did it. “Father, forgive them.” On the cross he gives comfort to the dying thief and makes provision for his desolate mother.
Jesus had enough pain, tribulation and agony during His last hours. He could have concentrated on his pain, instead of thinking about others. However, our Jesus showed us a finest example of how to treat others and their emotions, problems and tragedies. During the excruciating ache, his concern was not his pain but other’s trouble. Can we follow our master’s steps in offering comfort to our brethren? We may have our stock of pain and peril, still we can offer some help to others. Pay attention to other’s needs. Be sensitive to their emotions.