Part 3: Growing in the Favor of a Good and Awful God

Through their research, psychologists have discovered (what the Bible already teaches) that being in awe of something greater than oneself (God, for us believers) promotes what they call “prosocial behavior.” Prosocial behavior is described as “positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship.” Awe causes people to become more invested in the greater good, giving more to charity, and helping others. They concluded that by diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forego strict self-interest to improve the welfare of others. With that in mind, be filled with awe and wonder at the goodness of Christ coming into our world to be our Lord and Savior. Yes, that’s the message of Christmas, but should be the life message of all believers. May that motivate a diminished self-interest and a greater awareness of how you can serve the interests and needs of someone else.