Why do we care about others?

This is a post from several year ago that bears repeating, particularly in light of last weeks post.

Why do we care? Its a simple question, and yet nothing about caring is simple.

We care for reasons we cannot even explain at times. And yet our care can be so deep it drives us to do things we never would have thought possible for us to do.

Instinctively (if that instinct has not been broken or mangled) we all care, and we all want to be cared about.
Why? Because we were designed to care. Caring about people is the foundation of having a relationship with them. Relationship’s only happen when someone cares (not always both people, but at least one person).
The same is true with us and God. 1Jo 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.”

God cares about us.

Caring is wonderful, but it can also be very painful.
I’ve heard more than one person say, “I wish I didn’t care so much.” Not because they truly didn’t want to care, but simply because they’d felt the cost of carrying. It hurts to care, because to care means to be vulnerable, to be open to letting someone hurt you. And more often than not that is exactly what happens. When you care about someone, they hurt you. Over and over.

The question then is: Is it worth it?

Yes!
Because what would life be if we didn’t care? And if we weren’t cared about?

What would life be if God didn’t care?

Caring is a universal language and a Biblical command.
John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Yes, caring can often bring pain, but it also brings life.

It cost God to care about us, yet He willingly paid that price because to Him it was worth it.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Challenge: Live the command. Care!

Post Originally Published on September 5, 2016

About Given Hoffman

Given believes in the One True God, His Truths, and bringing Words of Life into everyday life. She is a weekly blogger and suspense novelist. You can learn more about her and her books at GivenHoffman.com
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