“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his interests, but also to the interests of others.” (phil. 2:3-4 ESV)
Let’s get practical and go beyond mere knowledge to action. You know its easy to say we love others. But this verse, like so many others in the Bible I could reference, say we should count others as more important than ourselves. So, if we are to love others, we need to respect them. We need to try to understand them. We need to spend time with them. We need to consider their opinion. We need to LISTEN TO THEM.
Think about the conversations you have had with others. Who does most of the talking in those conversations?
Would the person you just got done talking with say to themselves, “wow, that person really cared about me. They asked good questions to what I was saying and they really listened to me”? Or would they say, “you know, that person didn’t ask me one question about my life or what I was doing, or what I thought about that certain issue. All they did was talk about themselves and what they thought.”
Make it a point to obey the heart of the verse listed above and try to find out “what the interests of others are”. The only way you can do it is to ask good questions and LISTEN.