Empathy In Faith

vs. callousness

Sensing the emotions of others

To practice Empathy, I will:

  • See things from the point of view of others.
  • Imagine how I would feel in the situation of others.
  • Assume the best reasons for others’ actions.
  • Look for common traits with others.
  • Appreciate the differences of others.

    Soften Your Heart

    Looking at the opposite quality gives us more information about Empathy.  The word callousness calls to mind the hardness and barrier of callouses.  The opposite of that would be softness and openness, which is another way to think about Empathy. It takes an open heart to let Jesus in. He wants residence, and all it takes is an invitation.  It takes a soft heart to see Jesus in each other, to be willing to look past your own anger and wounds to sense the emotions of another.  When we become vulnerable by lowering our protective shields (our callouses), we can more readily sense the hurt in others and take action to be Jesus’s healing to them.

    What will you open your heart to this month?

    The Links below will take you to Resources you can use in a Christian Faith Based setting
    to encourage the Character Quality of Empathy.
    Our other Pillars have resources that can be adapted for use in a Christian setting.

    Visit Empathy in School>>

    No Matter How You Say It
    Curriculum Connections
    Croskey’s Corner

    Visit Empathy in Business>>

    Power Up with Character
    Interview Questions
    Adult Business Books

    Visit Empathy in the Community>>

    Character All Month Calendar
    Related Qualities
    Character Holiday Activities
    Family Activity (with a printable for sending home to parents)