A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference. (Winnie the Pooh, a children’s cartoon character)

Most of us think our opinions are right, and we don’t hesitate to say so. But, when we don’t think of others before we speak, we may unintentionally offend someone. Careful thought before we speak is important and often prevents us from hurting others. When we value others’ opinions, we may learn something in an exchange of ideas and keep our friends, too.

In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (Philippians 2:3-4). Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. . . . Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12, 3, 9).

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