Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Empathy - March 15, 2011
Romans 12:15 (New International Version, ©2011)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
It's difficult to see what is happening in Japan and in the Middle East without "feeling" for those who are involved. Many in the world can be cold and calloused about such events and pay little attention to them, but as a Christian, we are to be "empathetic" to the plight of the people.
According to Wikepedia, "empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another person. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion". In other words, you have to have heart felt joy or sadness for what someone else is going through.
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you take connect with God and His love for His people. Every human being takes on new significance, and you see them ian a different way. This is what compassion is all about, seeing people as more than ordinary, seeing them as those that God loves and wants to save, as well as care for.
It's time we become more like God, and show empathy for His people, and as we feel such, we need to be motivated to take action to help.
Photo #27 from the devastation of the Japan Earthquake from BuzzFeed