Empathy

Most of us are familiar with the term “pathetic.”  To be pathetic means to be helpless or completely inadequate.  Because humanity is depraved and lost, no-one has the capacity to rise above the pathetic condition of sin.  God’s gift in sending His Son to reconcile humanity to Himself was evoked by His compassion.

 

The word “pathos” relates to suffering.  To be apathetic is to be emotionally unconcerned about the suffering of others.  To be sympathetic is to be concerned for the suffering of others, but do nothing about it.  To be empathetic is to not only feel the pain of those who are suffering, but to reach out in love and compassion, demonstrating care by doing something about it. 

As believers, empathy drives us to hear the cry of the helpless, to pray for them and then to practically and spiritually render our active service in working to alleviate their suffering.

 

Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

 

Prayer: Lord, You died so that I can live.  Help me to live so that others may also taste of Your love and compassion.

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