Consideration is the act of considering; mental view; regard; notice. Careful reflection; serious deliberation. Contemplation; observation; heed. Thoughtful, sympathetic, appreciative, or deserved regard or respect: as, consideration for the feelings of others.Century Dictionary To be considerate is to be given to consideration or sober reflection; thoughtful; hence, circumspect; careful; discreet; prudent; regardful; mindful. Marked by reflection; deliberate; thoughtful; heedful: egard for another’s circumstances or feelings; kind.Century Dictionary

“Consideration is to treat others as the Master surely would treat you.”
–Edna Lister

  Being considerate, consideration, is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being and a law of doing. As an absolute and abstract principle, Consideration is rooted in the Love Emanation. As a law of being, you must be considerate in your actions and speech, and as a law of doing, treat others in a considerate way. Consideration, a soul virtue, is an aspect of empathy and an expression of the Golden Rule.

Edna Lister on Consideration

Consideration is to treat others as the Master surely would treat you.–Edna Lister, December 14, 1942.

You cannot be hurt or offended by another’s ill treatment of you without resenting and blaming, which is judging unjustly. Until you serve God only, without noticing how others treat you, this situation will always arise wherever you are, whatever you are doing.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

Ask no one to do a menial task you will not do yourself.–Edna Lister, July 13, 1945.

Whenever you commit an offense, use it as an opportunity to lay on the altar all your offenses of similar nature that have occurred in the past, in all incarnations.–Edna Lister, July 25, 1945.

Is there any place on the path of ascension where you can let go without falling to the bottom? When you reach high places, there is never a time when you can excuse, explain or justify self, above or below, just “I accept.” Let the other fellow excuse, explain and justify. It is time for consideration. Rise up into the Light and consider: What is my attitude and action doing for me? Is it wise? Is it loving? Is it considerate? Does it pay dividends?–Edna Lister, June 8, 1947

Never embarrass another, but stand on principle always.–Edna Lister, June 27, 1947.

When you ascend in consciousness, you instantly notice lack of consideration or courtesy to another. If you do this when you lack consideration, you are pandering to self, and your I is greater than God.–Edna Lister, October 20, 1947.

If you think someone is not treating you right, your heart crystallizes. Do it long enough, often enough and you develop hardened arteries in the heart.–Edna Lister, October 3, 1950.

People who often feel remorse, guilt, hopelessness and regret do so because they are not being kind, thoughtful and considerate enough in a beautiful life expression.–Edna Lister, Be-Attitudes, June 19, 1951.

An ascending soul’s outstanding trait is that he is too considerate of his loved ones to uncover what he knows, but covers their transgressions, even from himself, and calls them good.–Edna Lister, The Great Challenge, November 23, 1952.

Consideration and courtesy are two worldly virtues, and you can become Christed with these two alone, which epitomize the Christlike nature.–Edna Lister, Seven Churches of Revelation, November 25, 1952.

Let no man take thy crown.—Revelation 3:11 means that if you allow your self to become inconsiderate or discourteous, you lose your crown of intuition and illumination, of Love and Wisdom.–Edna Lister, Seven Churches of Revelation, November 25, 1952.

Meet every verbal ugliness with a sweet, definite firm tone, and words that carry compassionate consideration. Your aim must be to heal, not to punish.–Edna Lister, October 20, 1953.

The first concern in ascension is How am I affecting the world positively? not, Does the world still like me?– Edna Lister, Ambassadors of Love, July 8, 1956.

Avoid doing anything that makes the other fellow uncomfortable.–Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

In addition to his compassion the Master also embodied the quality of consideration for all others. Consider how often he paused in what he was doing to teach, to minister, to feed, to comfort and to heal those who were in need. Study these episodes in his life to learn his art of being considerate! Do not forget how he acted in the hurried rush of life! The Master took time to care for others!–Edna Lister, September 23, 1956

Treat others as you would be treated, which is the Golden Rule and the meaning of Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.—Mark 12:31.–Edna Lister, November 17, 1956.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.–Luke 6:38.Our standard of conduct is God, who is a gentleman—considerate, kind, moderate, tender, generous, and courteous.
  Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity, and consideration above all things.
  Consideration is mindful concern for others’ needs. An earthly gentleman or gentlewoman lives in the image and likeness of God, and always considers others’ needs.–Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Honor and Loyalty mate and their first born are Integrity and Consideration in action.–Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.

Inattention is a lack of interest and consideration for others, which is self-centered and self-conscious.–Edna Lister, January 8, 1958.

The Beatitudes set a conduct pattern of gentle manners, a way of life fitting to whatever role you choose. They become your expression of God, and how God sees the world as you.–Edna Lister, As I See the World, June 15, 1958.

Make your words sweet or they will be bitter in the hearer’s belly. And definitely be compassionately considerate toward the soul to whom you speak. Your words must be so firm and brisk that they cannot be set aside or overlooked. They must contain such an honor and loyalty, while being so reasonable, because they are founded in so deep a conviction of truth that your very tone of voice will carry an unanswerable, unalterable finality.–Edna Lister, June 22, 1958.

As you become more aware, you become friendlier, more thoughtful and considerate. You look for chances to make others’ lives happier. Just a kind word at the right time does more than you may think in giving another a sense of being looked after. A considerate action shows that you think of him and are with him in a time of need. Just being good natured, radiating love wherever you are, to whomever you meet lifts and makes their hearts lighter. It means so much and costs so little! As you, by being alert to other’s reactions, smile and think “You are wonderful!” you see their expression change and suddenly they return the smile. So the Father uses you!–Edna Lister, August 2, 1959

Dignity, good manners, and consideration for others are important, fitting soul tributes to God.–Edna Lister, October 5, 1959.

Release greater Light and love and be more considerate of your loved ones and your expression of Light will entice them instead of antagonizing them as in the past.–Edna Lister, November 22, 1959

Consideration must be a high keynote of your daily expression.–Edna Lister, April 7, 1960.

You must move from the pits of forgetfulness and inconsideration into the spirit of giving, consideration, loyalty, and God’s glory.–Edna Lister, August 23, 1960.

Your greatest need, an absolute necessity in service, is your outer consideration, which expresses your inner love of God.–Edna Lister, January 1, 1961.

Inconsideration, thinking only of me, is the greatest sign of a lowered vibration! Look around to see if someone is being neglected, is in need, or if you are dropping a line of Light and responsibility.–Edna Lister, September 12, 1961.

You must be compassionate and considerate in what the world terms tact and diplomacy, unable to cause a moment’s distress in another. The soul loses this high beauty only when it sinks into thoughts of self.–Edna Lister, October 5, 1961.

You must learn to walk earth in consideration, in kindness, and in compassion for all.–Edna Lister, October 23, 1961.

Consideration must be a keynote of teaching for all young people. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.—Matthew 25:40.–Edna Lister, April 30, 1962.

The Law of Consideration is to be considerate of everyone around you and of everything they construct and do. –Edna Lister, undated in 1963

Be courteous, pleasant and and considerate to those who are jealous, to avoid conflict until love conquers the jealousy. –Edna Lister, February 12, 1963

The law of consideration is to be cordial, gracious, tactful, thoughtful and attentive to everyone around you, and respectful of everything they construct and do.–Edna Lister, March 23, 1963.

One of the greatest ascension laws is full consideration, which lifts you above any of self’s petty insensitivity.–Edna Lister, April 4, 1963.

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Stories the Illustrate Consideration

Mary Magdalen: [Jesus] turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.–Luke 7:44-48

The Good Samaritan: And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.–Luke 10:25-37

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New Testament Consideration

Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?–Matthew 7:3

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?–Luke 12:24

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.–Hebrews 10:24-25

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Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.Deuteronomy 4:39

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.–Deuteronomy 8:5

Fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.–1 Samuel 12:24

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.–Ecclesiastes 7:14

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of consideration: Latin considerare: com- with + sidus, sider-, star.

Consideration is an absolute principle. rooted in the Love Emanation.

Consideration is an abstract principle.

Consideration is a law of being.

Consideration is a law of doing.

Consideration is a soul virtue.


Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia. Wm. D. Whitney and B.E. Smith, eds. and comps. New York: The Century Co., 1896.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

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