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We Need to Learn Empathy!

Healthy Leaders

We Need to Learn Empathy!

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber
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Recently I came across an interesting article entitled “How to Teach Doctors Empathy”. The point of the article was that being a good medical doctor requires an understanding of people, not just science.

This is also true of spiritual leaders. Being a good spiritual leader requires an understanding of – and an ability to connect deeply with – people, not just biblical facts.

Here are some points from the article that can apply to spiritual leaders.

Certainly, as Christian leaders we have considerably more “facts” than medical doctors have. We have the eternal Word of God and not merely the results of human research. Nevertheless, this should not justify being impersonal or mechanical when we deal with people.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Rom. 12:15, ESV)

  • Great article Mr. Webber. May the Lord grant us all grace today as we follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd who was so in tune with others feelings that he wept when lazarus died and was continually moved with compassion on more occasions than could be numbered as He walked the earth in union with the Father. Thanks again for the reminder.

    • Malcolm Webber

      Yes, Jesus is deeply emphatic. He is the Good Shepherd.

  • Ngallendou

    Empathy is about the best that sensitive, caring pagans are able to muster.
    Certainly, professionals who must avoid burnout should learn to empathize.
    Still, Scripture puts some value on “sympathy” (Job 2.11 42.11 Phil 2.1 1-Pet 3.8)
    Or is empathy what sympathés means?