Learning to Relate

Learning to Relate

A key to understanding others is putting yourself in their place. When I came to earth, I did that for you. I experienced firsthand the difficulties of life. I got tired, hungry, sick, lonely, discouraged, and went through everything else you experience. And having done that, I can now truly feel for you, help, and comfort you the way you need Me to.

That’s also the key to relating well to others. You can’t totally change your circumstances like I did, but you don’t need to. Just project yourself mentally into their circumstances.

For example, before you ask someone to do something that may seem simple and straightforward to you, consider first whether that person will feel the same. Or if someone is out of sorts, think about what might be causing that person to act that way. This is a much safer way to operate than assuming everyone else sees and feels the same way about things as you.

Walk a mile in another’s shoes, as the saying goes, and you will be much more inclined to be understanding and supportive when the situation calls for that. Then adjust your expectations or presentation accordingly. Others will sense that you’ve anticipated their needs or concerns and taken their limitations into account, and this will help you live and work together better. Empathy helps create unity of minds and goals, and that’s a wonderful thing!

—Jesus

Message from Jesus

These words from Jesus were received by men and women just like you who asked Jesus to speak to them. They claimed the biblical promise “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3), and they received advice, direction, and encouragement.

The messages of guidance and comfort received during personal prayer express Jesus’ great love and personal concern. Jesus will speak to anyone who believes in Him, asks Him to speak, and accepts that the “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:11–13) they hear in their hearts is Him speaking. You too can hear directly from Jesus. To find out more, check out this book.

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