The Silver Bullet For These Times: Empathy

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. ‘
1 Peter 3:8

What occurred to me in reading this verse, today, more than ever before, is the idea that humility and the two laws that Jesus said are most important (Matthew 22:36-40) go hand in hand. If we are truly loving God with all of our beings and loving our neighbors (everybody around us) as ourselves, we can’t help, but, to be humble.

When I’m truly loving others as myself, I’m going out of my way to consider the feelings, needs, and perspective of others. If I’m going out of my way to view circumstances from their point of view, I can’t help, but, to diminish my own self-focused perspective simultaneously.

This principle is what is sorely lacking in the lives of individuals around the world today, and too often, in me. Imagine how different it might be if politicians, protestors, police, you, and I actually lived this notion out.

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