Consideration is defined as "regard for the circumstances, feelings, comfort, etc. of another, thoughtfulness for another, thoughtful kindness, to be considerate." To be considerate is to be "thoughtful, deliberate and prudent."

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.

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 is too considerate to uncover the flaws in his loved ones, but calls them good and covers their transgressions. – 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 virtues. – 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.

Do nothing that makes the other fellow uncomfortable. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 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.

Our standard of conduct is God, who is a gentleman, is considerate, kind, moderate, tender, generous, and courteous. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity, and consideration above all things. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.

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. Inattention 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 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.

Dignity, good manners, and consideration for others are important, fitting tributes to God. – Edna Lister, October 5, 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 lack of consideration 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 outer consideration expressing your inner love of God. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1961.

The greatest sign of a lowered vibration is inconsideration, thinking only of "me." 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 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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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 – 1971
The original Christian Pioneering Mystic,
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.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Related Topics

See Courtesy

See Kindness