Episode 086 – Parable of the Good Samaritan Pt 3: Empathy and Action
Key Passage(s): Luke 10:33-37
There’s a marked distinction between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy stands at a distance and says, “I’m sorry you’re going through this.” Empathy stands in the other person’s shoes and says, “I want to understand your situation so that I can respond in a way that’s truly loving and helpful to you.” Too many of us choose the former. The Good Samaritan chose the latter. And that’s precisely what Jesus was after when challenging his followers to respond in love to those in need. Love must be manifested in action. And in this episode, we learn how to do just that.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- How well do you do in empathizing with someone verses sympathizing with them?
- Are you making efforts to understand people’s situations? Do you ask enough questions to understand? How could you improve upon this?
- Where have you empathized well with people? What was the result?
- Where are you being challenged to respond in love more fully to someone in need? What may God be asking you to do?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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