The Power of Sympathy
Have you ever stopped to think about the power of sympathy?
We tend to sympathize with people we know, not because we agree with their opinion, but because we’re better able to see from their perspective. When we’re able to see things from a different perspective it allows us to see our own more clearly, revealing both fact and fiction. Sympathy creates a safe place for people to exchange ideas, express emotions and finely tune our understanding. When we sympathize with one another, we can work more effectively towards lasting solutions to common problems. In everything, if you find yourself lacking sympathy, consider holding your tongue while you invest time in the rich experience of getting to know your brother or sister.
In light of recent events, take time to reflect on Luke 6:27-31 where it says:
But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.