Having Empathy Like the Savior Has

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(This is an excerpt from the chapter "Good Friday" from the book God So Loved the World.)

Yet even while the Lord can truly empathize with us in our afflictions, there are ways in which our sorrows, heartaches, and sufferings allow us, in some measure, to be more like our Savior. Paul wrote, “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:5). How often we pray to be more like Jesus, but when pain, rejection, loss, and heartache come our way, we recoil and beg for these experiences to be taken away! Yet when we learn true patience—the Latin root of which (patior) is “suffer”—from these experiences, our ability to trust in God and understand and empathize with others who similarly suffer grows exponentially.

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