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Empathy & Sympathy

Romans 12:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Andrew Love, November 12, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Story of the two brothers
    • The difference between them is that one was one was a Christian
    • As a result he sought to treat others well
  • Living as a Christian
    • 12:13 - How you treat other people
    • 12:14 - Bless others
    • 12:17 - Live peacefully
  • As Christians we must act differently to those in the world
  • Looking at v15-16 - Empathy and sympathy
    • A sensitive heart (v15)
    • A humble mind (v16)
  • Overview: as above

A Sensitive Heart

  • No-one was more sympathetic and empathetic than Jesus Christ
    • We saw that this morning with the oil of gladness
    • Examples
  • The Lord Jesus wants us to have a heart like His
    • Our hearts can be moved and our hearts can be cold
    • It is easier to weep with others rather than rejoice with others
    • If we want Him to be glorified we must think how He would act

"Rejoice with those who rejoice"

  • Paul's joy was bound up with the people of God
    • Rom 16:19
      • Surely this should be the same of us?
    • 1 Thess 3:9
  • We ought not to have a competitive spirit
  • Every member of the Church is necessary and of equal worth
    • 1 Cor 12:12-27
  • We must pray that God takes away any sinful thoughts or attitudes

"Weep with those who weep"

  • If we bear the burdens of others - we fulfill the law of Christ
  • Story of Mr Bailey
    • It is better to weep and pray for those who are suffering rather than eulogise
  • Matt 7:12
  • Rom 15:2
  • Phil 2:4
  • 1 Cor 13:5

A Humble Mind

Seek to have the same mind

  • The Greek expression for harmony: to think the same thing
    • There should be agreement amongst us in terms of our minds
  • One spirit and one mind - united on the essentials: examples
    • Secondary issues where there might be disagreement: examples
  • The Bible wants us to speak with one mind and heart
    • Rom 15:5
    • 1 Cor 1:10
    • Phil 2:2-3

Associate with the humble

  • In the Church of Jesus Christ there is no room for social aristocracy or favouritism
    • James challenges the Church over this
    • The lowly things ought to have a force of attraction for the Christian
    • Luke 14:12-14

No intellectual pride

  • No room for pride, conceit or inflated opinion
    • Prov 3:7

Closing Remarks
(inc Rom 15:7)

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Romans 12:15-16

15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (KJV)

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