Sermon for September 1, 2019

Sympathetic Hearts
Galatians 6:1-10; 14-16

  • Latin sympathia, from Greek sympatheia, from sympathes having common feelings, sympathetic, from syn- + pathos, feelings, emotion, experience.(1)
  • Sympathy is a feeling of pity or sense of compassion – it’s when you feel bad for someone else who’s going through something hard. (2)
  • Although sympathy and empathy are very close in meaning, sympathy is a feeling, empathy is exact knowledge or experience.

Galatians 6:1-10; 14-16

Human Sympathy Consists of 5 Elements

1.  Benevolence – an act of kindness or an
    inclination to be kind
     a.  Isaiah 58:7

2. Helpfulness – friendliness evidenced by a kindly and
   helpful disposition
       a. Acts 20:35

 3.  Burden-bearing – something you carry or withstand
    with much difficulty.
      a. Romans 15:21
      b. Galatians 6:2

4.  Concerns for the Unfortunate – remember those who
    are in bad situations
      a.  Hebrews 13:3

5.  Visitation of the Needy – take care of the least of
      a.  James 1:27

God’s Divine Sympathy

  • Psalm 78:39
  • Psalm 103:13
  • Isaiah 63:9
  • John 11:35-36
  • Hebrews 4:15-16

There are many examples of God’s sympathy towards His people.  A perfect spot to see this is found in Isaiah 30:12-18.

Jesus sacrificed Himself out of a Divine Sympathetic Heart!

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