Look at this, I’m not late! Like the title says i want to try to talk about Empathy. As i write this i will try to be transparent because i think it is good to be honest with people and i also think it is very unhealthy to try to hide real problems because we don’t like the way they make us look. With that said here we go.
We all live in a crazy world with lots of crazy problems, lots of evil, and lots of disasters. Sometimes this evil or these disasters affect us, our lives, or people we love. Sometimes we are just very blessed and are unaffected by most of these problems. i find that most often when unaffected by these problems i lack empathy for the people who are affected, which i think is not good or healthy…. but i still lack empathy as i am sure most people do. For myself, i really was convicted by this when the last round of hurricanes when through and hit specifically Haiti and Florida. See i have been following a group called Christian Skaters, and basically they work worldwide to spread the word and love of Jesus, and after i had heard about the hurricanes and had already forgot about it until i received and email from Christian Skaters talking about how they were going to be affected by the hurricane in Florida their home base and also Haiti where they have been working hard to share the Gospel. All of a sudden i felt terrible because i realized two things.
- Real people are affected by real problems whether i think its a problem or not or whether i agree or not.
- i am guilty of not loving people enough to care about the struggles they are going through even though i am unaffected by said struggle.
This hit me hard because for me the core of my faith is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And here i found myself without love….. But i think it’s more than just us loving. i think that as a broken sinful person i am incapable of truly loving.
1 John 4:15-21 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
We do not have love unless we have God! This is the love that we need to fix the problems with our hearts and our world! i know i am probably just reiterating what john wrote but if God is love and we do not have God do we/can we really love? But pursue not false Gods who will lie to you and give you cheap imitations of what we need. False gods will give you lust instead of love, conflicting “truths” that lead you to meaninglessness, and a hope in things that will never last.
This is mostly me speaking to myself because i realize that my lack of love is a lack of communion with God and with Jesus is a big part of my empathy problem, and that i need more of Gods love in me to be able to love people better.
Ok time to move on before i start talking on and on pointlessly.
News! On October 21 and 22 my Mongolian church will be having a concert. i can not remember who the band/artist is but it will be old pop/folk music that people who are in their 30’s listen to (the description i received at church). We will have food too so if you want to check that out hit me up!
As far as prayer i realized i have been on the receiving end this whole time but not the giving end enough so instead of giving prayer request updates i want to ask you, how can i pray for you guys? Please feel free to contact me and let me know how i can pray for you, i will leave my contact information below. i want this to be a partnership(more on that in a future post soon to come) and a partnership is people helping each other out, key phrase helping each other.
This is all i have for now, once again my email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can hit me up on facebook or by phone and text at 720-635-4235 (i don’t really like to leave this but seriously i want to be able to pray for you guys)
Once again thank you for reading this and if i say things that are not correct please let me know in the comments, if you have questions or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Live love and love God- Noah