'Nothing about me is hidden from you!' Psalm 139:15 CEV
It's impossible for us to know other people (or even ourselves), to the same level as God knows us. But, it's really important for us seek to understand them. Everyone's different. We have different personalities, skills and callings, and different ways of reacting and coping. Even people in the same family are different: Cain was a farmer and his brother Abel was a shepherd; Jacob and Esau were twins, yet they couldn't have been more different; and there was the 'Prodigal Son' who left home and became a 'party animal', while his older brother stayed home and became self-righteous and judgemental.
As we do life with our family, friends, spouses or workmates, we need to remember that they are individuals who may not perceive, think about and respond in the same way we do. It's easy to get frustrated when people don't react as we expect, or when they're afraid of things that we're not, or when they make decisions we wouldn't have made. But, if we take a step back and consider their individuality, it's a good start towards learning to be patient with each other.
Ephesians 4:2 says: 'Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love' (NIV). It's essential that our love wins out over our frustrations. This means making sure we work on trying to understand people, and learning to see them as God does.
So what now? Think of someone who you have a hard time trying to figure out. Ask God to help you understand them better.
Soulfood: 2 Chr 8-11, John 11:17-27, Ps 8, Pro 26:23-26