In the cafeteria at my daughter's school is a banner that reads, "Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another." The sign is a reminder that we should think about and feel with others, in both the good times and not so good times. Being empathetic includes opening ourselves up to what others may feel and experience.
We are reminded in the Bible to what the sign at my daughter's school calls "feeling with the heart of another." We are called to rejoice with those that rejoice and to mourn with those that mourn. As we follow God, we should strive to understand one another, celebrate with one another, pray with one another, and mourn with one another. We can do this by developing empathy that is rooted in God's love. With God's love and wisdom in our lives, we can have empathy and act according to God's will!
Develop and show empathy that comes from God's wisdom and love!
Thank You for the love and wisdom that You provide and teach me. Help me to have empathy that comes from Your love and wisdom. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.