To have empathy for others is a gift from God. Although at times it can be very painful to share in the hurts of others. To feel what others are feeling and to care deeply for people is the very character of God. In I Corinthians 12:26 the scripture says,” And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
We can take a look at the spiritual condition of our heart by the way we react to others. How do we behave when others fall into hardships and suffering? Do we take the time to listen to them and pray with them? Can we truly rejoice in the victories of another? When someone is honored are we excited for them and their accomplishments ? To have a tender heart for someone, even a complete stranger, is truly God’s heart.
Several years ago after the tragic, and deadly storm Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. A brother in Christ said that God was bringing judgement on the people of that region. I felt saddened by this brothers lack of empathy towards the people who desperately needed our prayers and help. The word of God says that mercy triumphs over judgement. The grace of God is so much more. My husband Bill always says that,” Grace is mercy on steroids.”
We all need to do a heart check by staying in the word and allowing the water of the word to cleanse us from our sinful hearts. The next time you see someone who is hurting check yourself, and see how you react. Do you have God’s heart for others?