Loving One Another

Loving One Another

Jesus said, "All men will know you are my disciples if you love one another."  St. Paul wrote, "All other commandments are summed up in the one command to 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  (Romans 13:9)

At the heart of being able to fulfill the command to love each other is a person's ability to empathize with others.  Empathy, essentially, is being able to feel someone else's pain.  Empathy is the beginning of preparing to love one another.

It has been my mission at Evangelical to cultivate an atmosphere of shared empathy.  Most of my conversations bear within them the goal of shared empathy growing between us, between us and others.  It is from the wellspring of shared empathy that healthy, loving relationships flow.

I behold empathy in Jesus' love for the afflicted, impoverished, and disadvantaged.  Jesus was able to feel their pain and then choose to do something to help them.  It was in just this manner of feeling and doing that the love of God was revealed through Jesus.

As a follower of Jesus, it makes sense to me to keep working at becoming more empathetic.  Even so, my capacity of empathy is uneven, and I would like to come closer to experiencing and sharing the empathy of Jesus.  My thinking is that this sort of spiritual growth is not what Jesus hopes for; he expects it.

Pastor MeCaskey

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