Consider a moment when you were misunderstood. What did you feel at that moment? Were you hurt, embarrassed, frustrated, disappointed, or something else? Reference the list of core emotions (found in the downloads section) to push beyond the three emotions, “sad, mad, glad” that most of us can identify.
Seek today to understand the emotions of someone important to you. Practice communicating your understanding of their feelings. Remember to focus on connecting with the emotion, not the experience, to practice empathy.
Also, keep in mind whether you’re slipping into trying to feel for the person that is important to you. That’s sympathy, not empathy. Keep practicing, even when you don’t get it right. That’s how we learn.
Lord Jesus, thank you for meeting me where I am. Guide me today as I seek to be a person of empathy. Remind me when I get it wrong, that you’re there helping me to rise again and try again. Thank you for your patient love, Lord. I’m humbled. Amen.
Tonight, after 8 p.m. join us on the Transforming Mission Facebook page to respond to the following question (or feel free to comment below).
What did you do well today in seeking to understand the emotions of someone important to you? What was an empathetic miss? Remember to try again tomorrow!
Previous Devotions in this Series
Day 1: Perspective Taking
Day 2: Non-Judgment
Day 3: Recognize Emotions – today!
Downloads & Other Info
These devotions come from a resource, “It Takes Courage.”
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