LET US TAKE TIME TO CONSIDER
. 1 Sam. 12:24; Isa. 1:3.
1. To consider means: To think seriously. To think maturely. To think carefully. To reflect upon. To turn over and over in one's mind. To prayerfully meditate upon.
2. Some synonyms of Consider are: Deliberate. Ponder. Reflect. Contemplate. Examine. Regard.
3. We should consider in the sense of carefully examining all things from every angle. Read: 2 Cor. 13:5
4. We should consider in the sense of respect. Phil. 2:3.
5. We should be considerate in the sense of our judgment of others. Matt. 7:1-5; Jno. 7:24.
6. We should be considerate in the sense of being merciful. Matt. 5:7.
A. The good Samaritan and the man that fell among thieves on the Jericho Road is a good example of being considerate of another. Lk. 10:;25-37.
B. Consideration is an example of mercy. God sent John the forerunner of Christ and then He sent Christ. This is mercy exemplified. Jno. 1:7-11.
7. To consider well is the first step on the road to temporal or spiritual success.
8. Nations, Cities, Schools, Churches, Homes and many, many individuals have come to ruin because they have failed to consider.
A. Notice these examples: Israel - Idolatry. Rome - Immorality. Carthage - Jealousy Capernaum - Failure to repent. Matt. 11:23. Jerusalem - Matt. 23:37-39. David- adultery, 2 Sam. 11 in the spur and passion of the moment without consideration of the outcome.
9. Yet, man is slow to consider. Will we stop and consider before it is too late?
I. SOME REASONS WHY WE SHOULD CONSIDER:
A. God has given us power of consideration.
B. To fail to consider is to neglect that God given power.
C. When we neglect this power we sink beneath the brute creature. Isa. 1:3.
D. We disregard God's way and are entrapped by Satan.
E. We lay ourselves liable to all manner of deception.
F. All who do not stop to consider endanger their life both spirituall and physically.
G. Therefore, let us stop and consider well. Seek out the old paths and walk therein. Jer. 6:16.
II. ALL SHOULD LEARN TO CONSIDER:
A. Like all traits of character, consideration is a process of education. Heb. 5:13,14.
B. This education should begin in the cradle, and continue to the grave.
C. Children should be shown the difference between good and evil; the good and the best.
D. They should be trained to stop and consider; and always choose the best. Rom. 12:9; 1 Thes. 5:21; Jos. 24:15; Isa. 7:15,16; Deut. 30:19,20.
E. This practice should follow all through life.
III. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO CONSIDER:
A. Parents should be considered by their children. Eph. 6:1-3.
B. Brothers and Sisters toward one another.
D. Teachers and fellow students.
E. Laws of the land and enforcers of the law. Rom. 13:1-7.
F. Thyself. Matt. 16:24; Lk. 9:23,24; Isa. 28:20. Cut your coat according to your size.
1. What do you want to do and to be?
2. Can you do it? Sit down and consider the cost. Lk. 14:25-33.
3. Are you better suited for something else?
G. Choosing a life's companion. "Be not unequally yoked" 2 Cor. 6:14; Prov. 18:22; 19:14; 31:10-31.
H. Rearing a family. Eph. 6:4. I. God:
1. His power, love, perfection, etc. Gen. 17:1; 1 Jno. 4:8; Matt. 5:48.
2. "Remember now thy Creator..." Eccl. 12:1; 11:9,10; 1 Sam. 12:24a.
a. God must be first in all things. Matt. 6:33.
b. He demands first place, both by word and deed and character. Col. 3:17.
c. He is worthy of all reverence, respect, and consideration. Note: Psa. 29. 111:9 Psa. 100.
d. We should love Him above all, and give Him first consideration in all things.
e. What is said of God can be said of Jesus as well.
3. Look at the great things He hath done: 1 Sam 12:24.
a. God had delivered Israel, fed and protected her.
b. He gave her promise of greater things if she would obey Him.
c. He has done more for us than he did for her. Heb. 8:6; 11:40.
4. We should stop and consider what God has done for us. 1 Cor 2:9.
a. He has given us every good and perfect gift that we have ever received. Jas. 1: 17.
1) The world and the fulness thereof. Gen. 1
2) Life and breath and all things. Acts 17:25.
3) Jesus, through whom He saves us. Jno. 3:16.
4) The Bible to guide us. 2 Tim. 3:16,17.
5) The promise of heaven if we follow its teaching. Rev. 22:14
Have you stopped to consider your life and your eternal destiny? If you haven't, you need to do so desparately. Why not today?
By Jim Sasser
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