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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

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