Depth of Feeling
By Linda and Richard Eyre
Note: Each week this column provides a short essay on one particular aspect or facet of the Lord’s personality and character. It is intended that the reader focus on this facet while partaking of the sacrament this Sunday. (Click here to read full introductory column.)
You and I feel our deepest, most soul-rendering concern and pray our deepest, most soul-pouring prayers when we are in moments of personal crisis (the loss of a loved one, the illness or injury of a family member, or any sort of deep, personal need).
It is family/friend crisis that brings depth of feeling. Christ so knew himself as our literal elder brother that all human crisis, physical or spiritual, was family/friend crisis to him. What you and I might feel for a very close brother, suddenly taken seriously ill, Christ felt for every sick child, for every ordinary beggar, for each soul-sick Pharisee. What you and I could feel only for our own brother or our own child, he felt, a hundred times over, for all men – for each man.
True sensitivity comes not from learned techniques or from Dale Carnegie rules of human relations. It comes from true and genuine and deep feeling. Our Lord felt all things to their maximum depth.
Perhaps nowhere does the powerful current of his feeling flow more strongly than in the seventeenth chapter of John, where he prays for his apostles.
When scriptural description is given of people who are on the verge of destruction because of their wickedness, the phrase that is sometime used is “past feeling.” As people become hardened and calloused by selfishness and sin, they begin to lose not only their virtue but their feelings. Our Lord, who was free from all sin and all selfishness, carried with him the deepest and most moving feelings.
Next week we begin a series of four “weeks” all exploring aspects of the Savior’s loyalty and the deep meaning of His phrase “Thy will be done.”
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