We as Christians are called to extend Love to another, "the whole person". The reason being that we find God's presence in each and every creation. God "is everywhere present and fillest all things." We are therefore called to love even our enemy. Loving someone who lives to hurt you requires forgiveness, and knowing that we are all sinners helps us to look upon another with mercy. You must forgive those, even when they cannot forgive you, putting your feelings last.
So how do we love the whole person? Seeing that person in "a stage of infancy" helps. Like all babies, communication must be non-verbal. Sometimes, the less we say, the better. Our approach must be with a smile to calm their fear. You must meet their needs of hunger, comfort them in their pain, and carry them when they cannot walk. Most of all, let them know they are loved and that they are never alone. And, always.....it's baby steps. Remember the slogan, "did you hug your child today?" Are we not all children? If God is our father, we are His children.
Developing and gaining "trust" with another person, no matter what the age, requires that you put yourself last and be willing to "listen" to their need. Some people are slow to react due to their "hurtful, past or present experiences, sometimes caused by others. Be a friend--extend a hand.
The world will be a better place when we learn to find Christ in others and "learn" to love one another. Then, will we be like children, having a loving Father and knowing His great peace.
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