Empathy: The Power of Empathy

In this writing to the churches of Galatia, the Apostle Paul encouraged believers in Christ to extend to one another the courtesy of empathy.

Empathy is the effort to identify with and understand another person’s situation, feelings and motives. It is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings that are being experienced by another. Paul stated that empathy toward others is one means through which the law of Christ finds expression.

Indeed, Jesus was very clear that the entire law and prophets are summed up in the commands to love God with “our all” and to love others as we do ourselves. (Matthew 22:35-40) Empathy – imagining ourselves in the other person’s place – is one way that we can demonstrate Christ’s love to others.