Leading with empathy is a very important part of our everyday lives. Exhibiting our sensitivity to those around us, displays the nature of the Holy Spirit. Jesus revealed His compassion as He walked throughout the land healing the sick and dying. He had compassion for those who were suffering and in sorrow. We all have endured times when we needed empathy and gentleness. Now more than ever, we should always prioritize leading with empathy and care in every place of our lives. Our words and actions can help change the atmosphere to one of kindness and love. One moment of understanding and awareness of someone’s emotions and feelings can drastically affect their day for the better. Empathy is found at the heart of Jesus.
Your concern for someone at a crucial point, will be a moment that will never go unnoticed. Taking time to consider those impacted by life’s circumstances, echoes the voice of God. While you are in your hurtful moments, Jesus is always guiding you through with support and encouragement. Your thoughtfulness toward someone can look like: reaching out to someone that has been on your mind; sitting with a friend in the middle of their heartache; going to the store or doing a favor for the widowed woman on your street; offering to help your new co-worker feel comfortable at work. There are many ways we can lead with empathy. You will never go wrong by reaching out a helping and compassionate hand. Let empathy overtake and flow through you as life happens.
Empathy allows us to witness and to be a part of someone else’s world. Empathy permits us to share happiness with those that are experiencing good things. It also allows us to express concern for those that are grieving and struggling. Ask God to help you lean into empathy through every person that you may meet. Speak to the goodness of God by showing regard and tenderness for others. We should always be willing to jump in and assist our community, neighbors, strangers, friends and others. Show up in the places that others are not willing to go. Someone required that moment of love that you presented toward them. Someone needed that extra few minutes you spent listening to them. Leading by empathy is what Jesus does for us every single day. He shows up when we are weak. He shows up when we need encouragement. God uses people. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with compassion as you continually seek His presence. Your one moment of empathy for someone can be life-changing and will always point back to the Hand of God.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” -Colossians 3:12
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” -Romans 12:15
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” -1 Corinthians 12:26