“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” – Hebrews 13:1-3
One of the finest and truest definitions of sympathy is, “Sympathy is your pain in my heart.” It is more than just a casual look at someone in trouble and saying, “Too bad. I’m sorry,” and then dismissing it from our mind. That is too easy to be called “sympathy.”
When some other person’s pain is really felt in our hearts, then we have sympathy we can call “Christian,” because it is the kind of outgoing love which Christ demonstrated to us. Do others know that their pain is in your heart?