What the vulnerable need most

Empathy For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. – Hebrews 4:15

When I offer vulnerability to others, I hope and pray for empathy in return.

Just as it requires courage to be vulnerable, the act of empathy demands the strongest of hearts. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to come by.

Empathy is when someone walks with you, sits with you and feels with you as you wrestle with the turmoil inside. It is when someone steps inside your pain, so that they can better understand what it is you are going through.

Empathy doesn’t fix, advise, patronise, pity, judge or condemn. Instead, it listens and lays aside personal pride and self-righteousness. Empathy accepts, but doesn’t always agree. It comforts, but doesn’t always condone.

Empathy is compassion and truth combined. (Click to tweet)

Just as Christ is with us in our suffering, can we also learn how to be with others in their pain?


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4 thoughts on “What the vulnerable need most

  1. livingaschristdid March 11, 2014 at 6:26 am Reply

    Christ is such an amazing example of perfect love and empathy.

  2. d s March 16, 2014 at 6:32 am Reply

    This is the most well defined definition of what empathy is all about that I have ever come across. I am the rare species, the empathetic sensitive male, and compassion and truth are the primary ingredients of an empathetic heart. Beautiful.

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