It’s good to have Empathy for people, to try to put yourself in their shoes. I find this a very slippery slope because I often tend to go to the extreme by allowing myself to suffer with them or for them. Like let me mirror myself to you. Pain for pain . That is messed up on several levels I know but I go to that every time. My head said nope don’t go there but my heart says you know what it like, come down that path right with them. Misery loves company, eh?
I on the other hand tend to paint a picture my life is always great even though at times it may be far from great. So let’s analyze this. I want to know when my friends are hurting yet I don’t allow them to see my pain! Double edged sword I guess.
I think a happy medium would be compassion. Everyone is going through something whether privately or puts it out in the open. Try not to judge because you might find yourself smack dab in the same situation. And lastly forgive others as well as yourself which to me can be the hardest. These times where the news is horrific it’s hard not to get a little discouraged I don’t even know what’s going on because I can’t watch it or even listen to it these days.
1 Peter 5:7-8 Casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.