Empathy can change the world. We need more of it.
Simply put, empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and feeling what they’re feeling. This means:
- Loving one another
- Rejoicing with those who rejoice
- Weeping with those who weep
- Bearing one another’s burdens
- Having an understanding mind
- Being tenderhearted
- Being kind to one another
- Forgiving one another
Empathy has long been established as a cornerstone of emotional intelligence. Therefore, people with high emotional intelligence demonstrate great empathy.
Jesus wept (John 11:35).
This classic biblical scripture is a perfect embodiment of empathy. Jesus showed great empathy for the sick, the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the forsaken, the least of these, and more; he modeled high emotional intelligence.
So how empathetic are you? Check out this fun video clip to test your empathy.