❣️ EMPATHY πŸ’­

Empathy - No racism

We live in a world where this word is popular, but yet not often practiced.

Many at times we are faced with choosing to act the way we feel as against what Christ in us would entreat us to do – to show empathy.

Jesus is our model of empathy and that is why He is someone we all can approach. And we can be free enough to share our issues with Him, without any form of judging.

β€œFor we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.”

Hebrews 4:15 AMPC

Looking at some of the experiences shared of Jesus’ life while He was here on earth in human form. He just knew how to empathize with the issues we would call β€œabominable” or β€œbeyond redemption”.

One of His experiences that I love is this:

β€œThe religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, β€œTeacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, β€œThe sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.

Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. β€œWoman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”

β€œNo one, Master.” β€œNeither do I,” said Jesus. β€œGo on your way. From now on, don’t sin.””

John 8:6-11 MSG

I can only imagine how the religious leaders felt at first thinking Jesus was going to judge her but instead He showed her mercy.

Show Mercy - Grace - Judge

Jesus is our role model as Christians and we can only learn from Him because He relates with us with grace.

Some things to ponder upon:

  • How have you been extending the grace you have received and still receiving from Him, unto others?
  • Are you more concerned about how you feel than the effects your actions have on that life or lives?

Christians - Called to love - A life of godly impact

It’s time for a rain check. What would you do differently henceforth?

Now the big question:

Do you want to learn empathy?

Then you have just the right role model to learn from. He is Jesus!

May His word spur our hearts to love like He would; to show grace like He would and to teach others love by living a life of empathy. (Amen) πŸ™πŸ»

Blessings. πŸ€—

πŸ”˜#HCCounsels#πŸ”˜

35 Comments Add yours

  1. capost2k says:

    Mercy, you always challenge us in creative ways to live out our faith, and here is no different. Empathy chooses to love our neighbors and even our enemies! It does not condone sin, but confronts it realizing we are sinners, also.
    Another excellent blog sort of along these lines is
    https://seriouslyseekinganswers.com/2021/03/27/book-excerpt-is-this-criticism-constructive-or-abusive/.
    ❀️&πŸ™, c.a.

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    1. Smiles. I am grateful for your encouraging words, sir. 😊
      Thanks to God for His words. πŸ™Œ
      Yes, knowing that we were also once a sinner, but redeemed makes us love even those the world feels are “unlovable” πŸ“Œ
      Thank you for your comments and for sharing this link. I will check it out. πŸ™‚
      Blessings and greetings to your family. πŸ€—

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  2. Very timely! Things are still not back to normal here thanks to covid, and it’s easy in general to give in to frustration. But we all need grace! And we need to pour the grace God consistently gives us into others. I need to pray God would help me to do this better with my son. Thanks, Mercy!

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    1. I’m glad to know that it is. 😊
      Phew. True! Especially when we had long awaited a balance to things. And it seems not forthcoming anytime soon. πŸ˜“
      Yes ma’am. Extending the grace we have to others. πŸ“Œ
      Amen. πŸ™
      He aids us to do this – best. πŸ€—
      You are welcome. Thanks for sharing your thoughts too. ❀
      Greetings to your son.

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  3. Ihagh G. T. says:

    Amen… great message and ending prayer… for the first time in a long while, I was able to see your post live on my feed today …

    having read the post, I must admit I need more of God’s grace and help to measure up… no matter how much I try, I don’t always measure up, but I’m glad that the Lord knows my heart and intentions, and will continue to help me in certain areas when I call upon him

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    1. Amen. πŸ™
      Smiles. Thank you for your kind words.
      Wow. So glad!
      Hmm. Yes bro, He is ever willing to aid us and get us by – especially in areas we struggle at.
      You are helped, bro. πŸ€—
      Do take care of you.

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      1. Ihagh G. T. says:

        you’re welcome, and thanks πŸ’•

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  4. Thank you for sharing this encouraging post, my friend. Indeed Jesus Christ is the perfect example

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    1. You are welcome, ma’am. ❀
      And glad to know that it is. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ
      Yes He is. πŸ’ƒ
      Do take care of you. My greetings to your family. πŸ€—

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      1. Thank you, my friend

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  5. Empathy. Only Jesus can teach us what it really means. Amen!

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    1. Yes, ma’am. He is the perfect role model. 😍
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ€—
      Do take care. ❀

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  6. Perth Girl says:

    A much need reminder Mercy, to extend that grace that we have so freely received. And showing empathy is one way to do it. And we can do it only in His strength.
    Blessings to you Mercy πŸ’™

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    1. Smiles. πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
      Yes! It’s best to keep the channel flowing out.
      Yes!! Your comments sums it up.
      Not by our power or might but only by Him (paraphrased) πŸ™Œ
      Amen. And to you too, ma’am. ❀

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  7. vgeorg says:

    Glory to Lord! Blessings!

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    1. Amen. πŸ™Œ
      Thank you sir. πŸ™‚
      And to you and your family. πŸ™πŸ€—

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  8. Hephzibah says:

    Simple truth, but so very needed in a time like today!

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    1. Hmm, I agree with you sis.
      We need this attribute. πŸ“Œ
      May we learn of Him on how to best express His love unto others. πŸ™

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      1. Hephzibah says:

        Amen πŸ™

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  9. Gary Fultz says:

    When my wife and I were young with 3 little kids and no money, we sold our old car for way less than it’s value to a younger couple expecting their first child with even less money. The engine died the first week they had it and accused us of knowing it was bad (we were going to use it for a long trip but it sold). God taught us empathy. The right thing to do (we felt) was to pay for the repairs so they had a good car even though it made us look like they were right in accusing us (There’s much more to the story). That was hurdle for us and it cost us financially but we gained so much more. After al how much does it cost to have character that you want your kids to emulate someday?

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    1. Wow. You both have a heart full of grace. And it’s so great reading and learning from you. πŸ€—
      This is true! You have a noble legacy for them to walk with. πŸ’―
      God bless your hearts of love. πŸ™
      Thanks for sharing this experience too.

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  10. Israel says:

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. You are welcome, bro.
      Thanks to you too for stopping by. πŸ€—

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  11. jesusluvsall says:

    Love your picture little sister πŸ™‚
    Empathy is so needed in our world which we can show and by doing so show the love of Jesus

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    1. Smiles. Thank you for the kind words, big bro. πŸ€— Yes, we learn how to from Him. Also, by this we can show His persona to others. πŸ’―
      Wishing you a pleasant day ahead. πŸ€—

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  12. Dawn says:

    Empathy is much needed. It is a privilege to show the compassion and love of Jesus to others. We must stay close to His heart so we are able to stay sensitive to the needs of others. Thanks for sharing this little sis ❀️

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    1. Yes, big sis. It’s an attribute we need to possess as Abba’s seeds.
      Apt! He knows our hearts, best. And He can communicate it to us. πŸ“Œ
      Glad to. Thanks for your comments too. ❀
      Do have a pleasant day ahead. πŸ€—

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      1. Dawn says:

        Have a pleasant day too little sis.

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  13. πŸ™‚Thanks for sharing about empathy. I believe this is a vital topic in the kingdom. We must learn how not to be self-centered in our perceptions. Take care.

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    1. You are welcome, bro. Glad to. πŸ€—
      This is so true. Abba wants us to keep showing forth His love to others.
      I will and you too. πŸ€—

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  14. Ruelha says:

    As always, beautiful post Mercy. Extending grace, what is given so freely unto us! Beautiful reminder and lovely prayer. God bless you abundantly, my sister in Christ. πŸ™‚

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    1. Smiles, thank you, sis. πŸ€—
      Yes, we should extend His grace. πŸ’―
      Amen. And you too, Ruelha. ❀
      Abba’s blessings. πŸ™

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  15. His grace runs deep and He extends it to us freely and readily. It’s only right that we pay it forward and show grace to ourselves and most importantly, to others.

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    1. Yes, sis. πŸ™Œ
      Yes!! You are so apt on this. 😊
      Let the grace flow forward. πŸ’ƒ
      Happy Sunday. πŸ™‚

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  16. Ada Orie says:

    This is excellent. I think sometimes we disqualify ourselves from doing God’s call because we try to micromanage the logistics. God qualifies the called. I know God has entrusted me with groups of people who on paper we have nothing in common but we have walked, prayed and cried together which develops an honest bond. Thank you for reminding us that God called us to emphasize and not judge others including ourselves.

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