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Bible Quotes
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
(Matthew 7:12) ESV

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” ...
(Luke 7:36-50) ESV

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
(John 15:12) ESV

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
(Ephesians 4:29) ESV

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
(Ephesians 4:32) ESV

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
(Philippians 2:3) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.
--Anderson Cooper – American Journalist Born 1967

It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.
--Christian Bale – Welsh Actor Born 1974

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
--Alice Miller – Swiss Psychologist Born 1923

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
--Meryl Streep – American Actress Born 1949

The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.
--Oprah Winfrey – American Entertainer Born 1954

True contentment comes with empathy.
--Tim Finn - New Zealander Musician Born 1952

We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.
--Barack Obama – American President Born 1961

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.
--Susan Sarandon – American Actress Born 19464

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Empathy and the Bible

The word “empathy” does not appear in the Bible, but the Scriptures do refer indirectly to the characteristic or quality of demonstrating empathy, which is defined as the capability to share another's emotions and feelings. The apostle Peter counseled Christians to have “compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous . . .” (1 Peter 3:8 NKJV). The apostle Paul recommended similar sentiments when he exhorted fellow Christians to “rejoice with those rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). 

There is an important distinction between empathy and sympathy. Empathy is the capacity to feel deeply for someone despite the fact you do not share the same experience. Sympathy is the capacity to feel deeply for someone because you do in fact share their experience. Compassion, sympathy and empathy all have to do with passion (feeling) for another person because you identify with his or her suffering. True empathy adds the expression of those feelings. 

It was the apostle John who said: “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17) We know that as Christians we are commanded to love our neighbour and to have intense love for one another (Matthew 22:391 Peter 4:8). Though we are aware of this and intend to love one another, we often overlook opportunities to relieve others’ pain. That could be because we are not aware of others’ needs. Empathy is the key that can unlock the door to our kindness and compassion.

There are several other examples of empathy in the Bible. God, of course, is our prime example. He knows us very well as the psalmist declares: “For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). He personally feels the pain of His people. Again, the Psalmist tells us: “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8) How comforting it is to know that God records all our tears as we struggle in our lives.

Jesus Himself was also very sensitive to the feelings of others. When He healed the deaf man, He took him aside, perhaps so that his miraculous recovery would not embarrass or startle him (Mark 7:32-35). On another occasion, Jesus observed a widow about to bury her only son. Sensing her pain, He approached the funeral procession, and resurrected the young man (Luke 7:11-16). Matthew tells us how Jesus “went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36). Jesus’ greatest empathy was for their spiritual weariness, a condition He came to rectify.2


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Definition of Empathy

1. the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings.

2. the attribution to an object, such as a work of art, of one's own emotional or intellectual feelings about it.3  




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