Compassion

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.
Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life”
John 3:16

There’s just something about a great Christmas movie that no matter how you’re feeling, after you watch them you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s—

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Elf

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” – The Polar Express

Or even the classic, “I Triple-Dog-Dare you!” – A Christmas Story

—Christmas movies have a way of changing the way you look not only about Christmas, but also about life as we see characters on the screen transform from unbelief to belief, from stingy to generous, or from cold-hearted to compassionate.

For the month of December, we’re heading back to the movies and “Triple-Dog-Daring” kids to show compassion to the people around them and even across the world.

We define compassion like this: caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.But when it comes to compassion, no movie even comes close to the greatest story of all time, yep, THE Christmas story. 

Think about it. The creator of the universe, the one who made galaxies, solar systems, stars and planets, was attentive to His creation. He saw how sin had broken His people and His world. He saw and understood—more than we ever will—what the ultimate consequences of sin were for us. He saw our greatest need.

But God didn’t stop there. He did something about it. He became one of us. Humbling Himself to be born as a tiny baby in a remote town in the dwelling place of animals. His birth announcement was sent first to a lowly group of shepherds and later to kings from a distant land. He lived as one of us, so that eventually He could die as atonement for our sin and be raised again on the third day so that we could one day live eternally with God in Heaven.

If you look at the Christmas story, it’s easy to see that one aspect of God’s character is compassion. God saw our greatest need, and He met it in the most remarkable way. To get kids thinking more about this we’re taking the entire Christmas season to talk about compassion and ask a different question each week to get kids and families thinking about how they can show compassion this Christmas. 

- God loved you first. How will you love others?

-God saw our greatest need. Whose need do you see?

-God gave us the greatest gift. What gift will you give?

-God gave us great news. Who will you tell?

 

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