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.
“For 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 “abominable” or “beyond redemption”.
One of His experiences that I love is this:
“The 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, “Teacher, 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, “The 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. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”
“No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go 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.
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?
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) 🙏🏻