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"Not looking to your own interests but each of
you to the interests of the others." Php 2:4 NIV
Often in marriage we are unaware of our partner's
needs. We become calloused. We stop listening.
We're oblivious to the pressure thev're under.
Simply stated, the root of many marital problems is
insensitivity. Everyone you meet needs kindness.
The people who sit around you in church have major
hurts; you're just unaware of them. We find a great
example of sensitivity in the life of King David.
David's friend, Jonathan-Saul's son--had been
killed. Now, safely enthroned for several years,
David made a rare request. He asked if anyone was
left in Saul's family that he could help. He
discovered Saul's grandson-Jonathan's son-
Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet. When
David sent for him, Mephibosheth almost certainly
thought, "I'm going to be killed because I am a
member of the enemy's family, the old dynasty." But
notice David's words: "Don't be afraid…for I will
surely show you kindness for the sake of your father
Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that
belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will
always eat at my table" (2Sa 9:7 NIV).
Mephibosheth's reaction is interesting: "What is
your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like
me?" (v. 8 NIV). He felt like a dog and expected to
be treated like one. But the point you need to notice
is this: David took time, made the effort, and was
sensitive to his needs. One of the dangers of
success is that the pressures that accompany it can
make you insensitive toward others. Question: To
whom do you need to become more sensitive today?