Understanding Christ’s Love Through Caregiving

As we continue through Great Lent, I am inspired to think of the many reasons I love Jesus. For years my daily routine has included scripture and prayer. Because of this, I have acquired a great admiration for His lessons and the good guidance in them.

Here are some of the reasons I love Jesus:

He showed great humility. When He came upon John the Baptist in the wilderness, He insisted on being baptized by him (and not the other way around).

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.” (Matthew 3:13-15)

He was born into poverty. Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph in a manger where animals were protected from storms. In this way, the meek could identify with Him.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

He chose to be with the sinners. Jesus puzzled many people by doing this but He knew who needed to be saved.

“Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, ‘Why does your Teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners?'” (Matthew 9:10-11)

He showed compassion. He was deeply affected by what he saw happening to others. “Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, ‘I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.’” (Matthew 15:32).

He was LOVE. Jesus is the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

I am the oldest of three daughters and was always taught to be responsible and care for others. Sometimes my ego will get the best of me and I resent my obligations. Jesus’ examples of love and humility remind me to serve without resentment, attitude, and anger. I am a part time caretaker for my mother and Jesus’ examples enable me to do the most basic things for her and feel blessed to do so. When mom asks for help putting her socks on, I bend down on my knee and think of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. When she walks slowly and I am beside her, I think of Jesus and how He patiently assisted those with infirmities. Jesus’ examples fill me with acceptance and love towards my mother. I am blessed to be able to assist her with her needs.

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