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How often are we insensitive and uncooperative to the Holy Spirit within, speaking to our conscience and mind?  When our lives are relentlessly busy and filled with our own agenda, how can He get our attention? God’s Spirit (symbolised by the dove – a tender and sensitive bird), won't continually suffer rebuff from man (Gen 6:3). He wants to constantly commune with our spirit or ‘inner man’, to guide and give insight. What is He speaking to me right now?

We can also be insensitive to the needs and rights of others, often giving offence in word or action, because we are too focused on our plans to see their needs, or not wanting to get involved with their situation (Lk 10:30-37). If you know what to do and don’t do it, this is sin (Jas 2:15,16, 4:17). We are to consider others, their likes and dislikes, and as appropriate help to carry their load (Gal 6:2). Am I

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes

aware of others unspoken needs? Think how I would be feeling if I was in their situation and how I would like others to respond. We are to do for others what we would like them to do for us – apply the golden rule (Mt 7:12). Entering into the lives of others is empathy. This includes, when appropriate, challenging them in love regarding their walk with God.

Conversely, an oversensitive person is touchy, easily hurt and upset as self is the focus of their existence not others. Don’t use people and love things but rather love people and use things!

See also: care, compassion, conscience, consideration, golden rule, heartless, indifference, others, sensitive.