Showing empathy as The Christ did
The Bible urges us to show "fellow feeling." -1 Peter 3:8 For many of us, it may not be easy to grasp the feelings of those suffering from chronic illness or depression—especially if we have not gone through such pain ourselves. Empathy though, does not depend on shared circumstances. Jesus empathized with the sick even though he himself had never been sick. How can we cultivate empathy? By patiently listening as suffering ones open up their hearts and share their feelings. We should ask ourselves, if I were in their situation, how would I feel? If we sharpen our sensitivity to the feelings of others, we will be better able to speak in a consoling manner to those who are depressed. Empathy may be expressed not only with words but also with tears. "Weep with people who weep," says Romans 12:15.
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