In a world where civility (courtesy, respect and graciousness) is quickly exiting the stage of life – as people shout at each other rather than speak to each other – as the right of personal expression drowns out the expression of anyone else – where the ability to ignore others quenches almost any attempt to reach out in love and acceptance, never have we had the opportunity of changing the atmosphere of personal interactions as we do now … through the example of how we care for others!
Here are several ways of enhancing our ability to care with intention.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”John 13:34-35 NIV This is the only standard we as Christians have … “Love as we have been loved.” Never easy, but we must work hard at it.
“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.”Philippians 2:4 TLB In a narcissistic barrage of “Me-Mine-I” it’s refreshing to be around someone who looks into your eyes and asks, “How are you doing? What’s going on in your life?” Be that person who asks those kinds of questions.
“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.”1 Thessalonians 5:11 The Message We all live under the growing weight of bad news. It’s in the political news, the weather forecasts, the trivia about people we look up to who somehow fail us. But we have more to share than recited bad news … we carry Good News of a life-changing relationship with the Creator! Share it.
“ Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].”Galatians 6:2 Amplified Bible Find someone whose shoulders are slumped, eyes downcast and brows furrowed by burdens. Look for a way to somehow share their load
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”Philippians 2:3 NIV Selfish ambition and conceit leave little room for others in a life. In humility lay them down and care for people with a servant’s heart.
Remember, if your ‘caring’ doesn’t express itself, it’s not really caring at all.