Love one another as I have loved you. Today we will conclude our four part series on How to Love Others as Christ Loved Us. Christ showed his love towards us by showing us mercy. Join me today as we learn three easy steps to showing mercy to those around.
Today is Christmas Eve. Most of us will attend a Christmas Eve Service of sometime. Some will start opening gifts. Some will be getting “ready” for Santa. Some will be singing carols. Some will be going to a party. But beyond all the hustle and bustle that you will experience today try to show Christ’s love to every person you come in contact with today. Christ showed us mercy throughout his time on earth from birth to his parable about the Prodigal Son to his death on the Cross. And by showing mercy, he showed us loved. Today let’s work on showing one another mercy. Follow the three easy steps below as you visit family and friends over the next couple of days and weeks.
Step 1: Take others seriously. In today’s society, we see people more interested in their cell phones, computers, tablets, and the television. Turn everything off and take those around you seriously. Show them that you care about them and that you love them enough to turn off the electronic device to pay attention to them. Once you begin listening to them, make sure you are actually listening and not just thinking of what you are going to say next.
Step 2: Take other people’s suffering personally. For some this can be very difficult and may even seem overwhelming for others. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. Realize what it would be like to really go through the pain and suffering that they are experiencing. And then do what you can do relieve their situation. If even you can’t physically help someone, you can always pray for them.
Step 3: Do what you can, not what you can’t. We’ve talked a little bit about this in the last step. People get so focused on what they can’t do that it almost paralyzes them from doing what they can! Here are some ideas for you….Again….Do what you can, not what you can’t. These Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are taken from Jesus’s example. Remember, Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Today on this Christmas Eve, use thes steps to show mercy towards those around you. By showing mercy you will be loving those as Christ loved you. Remember love came down that blessed night Christ was born. This week love one another as Christ loved you!