Empathy: Listening & Loving Well
Welcome to Christian community – an eclectic mix of broken, sinful, yet redeemed people. Church is beautiful in its testament of God’s salvation of the world, yet has all the hallmarks of living in a fallen world. People make up the church, and it is these same people like you and I who bring with them mountainous baggage, unspoken sins and unheard anxieties as they walk through the doors every Sunday, into every CG and meetup. Yet, we are called to love and to carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) in the midst of the mess – how do we better show empathy? How can we share and understand the emotions of others?
The Power To Love & Serve In A Church Community
The power to love and serve others in a church community is actually grounded in the power of a greater love that we’ve first experienced. We read in 1 John 3:16 - This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. Christian people love and serve because they’ve been loved first.
Cultivating God-centered Loves
Our sermon last Sunday on 1 John 2:12-17 (The Collision of Loves) reminded us that Christian discipleship is not just about knowing God; significantly, it is also about loving God. Like any sort of love, our love for God needs to be carefully cultivated. Following our sermon, it would be worth committing some intentionality into recalibrating the unconscious, reorienting our hearts, and relearning our habits.