Advent Day 17: Empathy

Thursday, December 17th

“4 When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)

Christ has gone through all of the same struggles we as humans have gone through. He
lost loved ones, was tempted by Satan, and faced unbelievable pain. This shows us that Christ
has empathy for us. He knows what we have gone through, are going through, and will go
through. Often times, I find myself trying to empathize with others by relating similar situations I have been in. This isn’t meant to “one up” or belittle someone else’s experiences (though it often comes across that way). It is an attempt to try to show that they are not alone through their pain and struggles. Christ takes that the next step. He chose to walk through those same struggles. He did so to pave a righteous path for us. He did so so that we might walk with Him through our struggles as He guides us to the Father.

Author Ian Jeffries

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