Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Last week we started our “Love Does” series by showing that love forgives. This week, we continued by showing that love gets engaged!
Engagement, at its core, looks like empathy. It’s about understanding, or at least trying to understand, what someone else is going through. It’s connecting with people that may be hard to connect with. It’s finding the part of you that can resonate with whatever they are experiencing and feeling that with them. The best example we have of this is God, who cared so deeply for us that he actually became one of us and eventually died so that we could be with Him.
Of course, there is an alternative to empathy, and that’s apathy. Apathy is the cheap and easy path of not caring and it is not hard to come by. But this is something that we must fight, because it’s exactly what love doesn’t – apathy is the opposite of love.
Actually engaging in loving people will always cost you something, but it will always be worth it.
To close, Cal posed these questions:
As time passes, are you becoming known for…
- Your apathy or your empathy?
- Your self-centeredness or your self-denial?
- Your hospitality or your hostility?
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
2 Kings 6:24-25, 7:3-11; Philippians 2:3-4; 1 John 3:18
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemöller
“Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.” Rollo May
Here for You – Matt Redman
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Music
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong Music