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?