For the leader:It is so easy to focus on yourself. It’s effortless to focus on yourself when you aren’t seeing all the people you used to see. But, for the people you are seeing more often, it’s easy to have more tension, frustration, and oddly enough, distance. In today’s message, Clay Scroggins, helped us see there are some biblical and straightforward steps we can take to love the people around us well. What do you do when you can’t do anything? Increase your empathy and love! Now how do you do that?


Questions

  • When you hear “empathy,” what are some of the first things or ideas that pop into your head? Why?
  • What are some ways you can identify with Clay’s story about his dog and wife? How have you experienced trouble when you didn’t have empathy? Read John 1:33-36
  • “Jesus is God’s clearest and most powerful exclamation of empathy.” Jesus felt her pain before he fixed her problems. Let’s start with you: What are some ways you think Jesus feels hard things with you?
  • Clay showed us that one way to LUV in relationships more; Listening, understanding, and validating. Which one of these comes most naturally for you in relationships? (Let people answer) Which one of these is a struggle for you? Read Galatians 6:2
  • How can you increase your empathy this week and LUV those around you this week?

One Final Thought

So what do you do when you can’t do anything? There are a lot of people carrying a lot of burdens right now. You have the opportunity to LUV those same people! It won’t be easy, but it will be right.