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SPIRIT UNITY – ONENESS – CO-INHERANCE – EMPATHY
THERE IS A SKILL SOME RESEARCHERS SAY MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN SKILL – GREATEST INDICATOR SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS, CAREER
FOR THE KINGDOM – BUILDING COMMUNITY – REAL COMMUNITY, FELLOWSHIP – CRITICAL!
ABILITY TO SEE FROM OTHER PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE – PUT OURSELVES INSIDE THEIR EYES, MIND – SEE WHAT THEY SEE
VERY DIFFERENT FROM SYMPATHY – FOR SORRY FOR, NOT SAME
EXPAND OUR UNIVERSE SEE HOW LIMITED OUR VIEW IS, LIMITED EXPERIENCE
HOW IMPORTANT IS EMPATHY? TRY TO DESCRIBE
EMPATHY IS TO COMMUNITY WHAT OXYGEN IS TO THE BODY
EMPATHY IS THE CRITICAL SKILL TO BUILD COMMUNITY
IT IS HOW THE BODY WORKS:
Ephesians 4:1-4 I entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing up one another in love, making every effort to watch over and guard the oneness (unity) of the Spirit in the bindings of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…
ONE BODY – A BODY DESIGNED TO BE IN ONE-NESS – ONLY BY THE SPIRIT
THINK – HIT HAND WITH HAMER – WHAT OTHER HAND DO? HOW – CAN SEE, HAVE EYES?
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:4,5
WE WERE DESIGNED TO LIVE AS A BODY PART IN A BODY CONNECTED: SEPERATION = DEATH – NOT MADE TO LIVE THIS WAY
SIN CAUSES HIDING, ISOLATION, ALONENESS. SOLITARY CONFINENMENT, TRAPPED IN SELF
ADAM EVE – NAKED & NOT ASHAMED – ONENESS, NO HIDING
DAY SINNED – DEATH – HIDING, ON MY OWN, FORSAKEN, ABANDONED GEN3:6-10
DEATH = DISCONNECT
SIN = hamartánō (from A “not” and méros, “a part, share”) – properly, having no share in; to sin, which always brings forfeiture – i.e. BEING OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE – NOT HAVING A SHARE IN GREATEST HURTS – REJECTED – – OUTSIDE, NOT IN – UNNECESSARY, SUPERFLUOUS
WORST ALL HURTS DEEP INSIDE, DEEPEST ALL FEARS – DIVINE ABANDONMENT
THE MOMENT ON THE CROSS HE ENTERED INTO DEPTHS OUR SIN – MOMENT CRIED:
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
HAD GOD FORSAKEN HIM? HAD HIS FATHER TURNED AWAY?
DIRECT QUOTE – PSALM 22 – Psalm 22:1-31 (NKJV) 1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.
23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.
JESUS ENTERED INTO THAT HUMAN EXPERIENCE CORE ALL SIN – FEELING DISCONNECTED AND ABNDONED, REJECTED AND FORSAKEN
WAS HE? EVEN PSALMIST – FELT LIKE IT – YET KEEP READING – WAS HE? NO NO!
HE HAS NOT TURNED HIS FACE AWAY – FEELS LIKE IT – WHAT SIN DOES – FEEL DISCONNECT
WE FEEL AS THOUGH WE ARE FORSAKEN – Isaiah 49:13 Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering.
14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.”
15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! 16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.
THIS IS OUR FATHER – REMAINS CONNECTED, NEVER FORSAKES – REAL EMPATHY – SEES!
Deuteronomy 4:31 The LORD your God is a merciful God, He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
MAJOR EFFECTS SIN = SEPARATION FROM THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED BE CONNECTED
LIFE = CONNECTION, UNION, ONENESS
THIS IS OUR JESUS – LIFE IN SPIRIT BACK INTO BODY LIFE – TRUE CONNECTION
JESUS PLACED US BACK IN COMMUNITY – TEACHING – BUILDING DIVINE COMMUNITY:
JESUS TRAINS US SEE WITH THE EYES OF THE INNER
Matthew 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. 36When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
ROMANS 12 Let love be genuine. (not phony put on, describing sincere behavior free from hidden agendas (selfish motives) 15Rejoice with (amid, among;) those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16Live in harmony with one another one another; (reciprocally, mutually). minding – mutual minding,
phronéō (from 5424 /phrḗn, “the midriff or diaphragm; the parts around the heart,” J. Thayer) – properly, regulate (moderate) from within, as inner-perspective (insight) This idea is difficult to translate into English because it combines the visceral and cognitive aspects of thinking. – to have understanding,
EMPATHY – HE RESTORES US TO BEING BODY – ABILITY TO BE WITH, IN, SEE GENUINE LOVE!