Seeing people through the eyes of Christ changes your view of them

January 24, 2012 by  
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And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.

Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:31-38)


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20 Responses to “Seeing people through the eyes of Christ changes your view of them”
  1. S. Diana says:

    Wonderful! I hope I will be able to show my students!

  2. Paula says:

    We need the grace of God to see others through the eyes of Christ. Often times its about me, myself & I.

  3. Dennis says:

    Mr. Madrid, thanks for your commitment to the truth. The video is an interesting take on seeing the world with compassion. Thanks for passing it along!

  4. Columba S says:

    I have really been struggling with people . . . but not THEIR problems. I really needed to see this. It has moved me. Thank you for posting this.

    May you all be blessed, Columba

  5. monkey says:

    Wow, I saw this video some years ago and it really made an impact on me. Recently, I have been wishing I could find it again. Then, today I have had the worst “bad mood for no discernible reason day” at work of my life, I am not exaggerating, and was praying all day for some help. Now it’s the end of the day and I thought I just wasn’t going to get any help or just missed it altogether. I have never even been to Patrick’s site. And here is my help! Thank you, God!!!!

  6. BobCatholic says:

    I personally believe that when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsamane, and he was thinking of all the sinners he was dying for, and he was cringing and sweating… I was somewhere in there. Jesus loves me, but I think he’s disappointed in me.

    • Julie says:

      Yes, BobCatholic, I agree…most of us don’t think that we live up to what God would really want, but don’t get stuck in being a ‘disappointment to God/Jesus’…that can only lead to negativity and most likely NOT following His will! It pulls us into desperation and sloth etc.
      I try (TRY) to think of it as a pulling myself up by my bootstraps and dusting myself off (think “GOD DON’T MAKE NO JUNK!) when I don’t do what I think God wants of me…I just say, ‘sorry Lord, I will do better next time!’ and know that he forgives me and loves me unconditionally…sometimes this happens multiple times a day!
      I’ve been known to say ‘Lord, I’ve been slothful for the past hour and for that I’m really sorry! I want to give to my kids and be there for them…thank you for pulling me out of my slothfulness to remember to pray! Give me strength for the rest of the day, Lord!! As you have proven to me over and over (please let me realize and believe it now), I can’t do it without you!”

  7. Renee says:

    Wow! This made me cry. What a message of compassion and a call to re think your anger.

  8. Ted Penn says:

    I really need to hear this blog at this time! I’m helping supervise a men’s shelter and next door women’s shelter, and though I want to help and enjoy doing so, the abuse of the system by some and noncompliance and deceptiveness of others has hardened my heart toward many of the homeless here. Maybe if I take your advice to heart I won’t be looking so much at them as I will be at myself!

  9. Fr. Fizzlewit says:

    Great video Patrick!

    I think we all operate under unconscious presuppositions and our walk on earth is the journey during which Our Lord peels them off one by one, like the proverbial layers of the onion. In the video I saw my unconscious presupposition that everyone else with whom I come into contact–particularly those who are someplace or do something or fail to do something, causing me displeasure–is operating at the top of their game; why are they being so bad to me?

    I think this is why St. Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 4:2 to be patient with one another.

  10. Brian says:

    God has a great way of putting things into perspective for us. Thank you for sharing this video and being a conduit for God’s Love and Word.

  11. This is wonderful, and so true! How often do we miss the suffering of others because we are absorbed in ourselves? How often do we miss the opportunity to be the hands and heart of Christ because we are too busy complaining about our meager frustrations? Thanks for posting. Will definitely share. It’s a fabulous lesson on compassion and one we all need to reflect on. Blessings Patrick! Kelly

  12. Mom of 6 Blessings says:

    What a wonderful post. I loved it. Thank you for putting this up. We all need this reminder. I think I will bookmark it and refresh my memory from time to time.
    This ties well in with the “Dear Mom” post; particularly that very end part. It is perfect followup.

  13. Jim says:

    Amen! I think we ALL need this reminder!

  14. Karen says:

    Love this. Thanks for posting. I needed that kick in the butt.

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