A Word from Bob 

You’re reading Part 10—the final post—in an RPM Ministries blog mini-series on biblical empathy.

Mini-Series Introduction 

There’s been some controversy in Evangelical Christian circles the past year about “empathy,” with some saying, “empathy is sinful.” For 36 years (since 1985), I’ve equipped God’s people for compassionate, empathetic one-another care. So, biblical empathy has been important to me long before the current controversy. In this blog mini-series, rather than presenting a negative critique of writings that say, “empathy is sinful,” I’m seeking to offer a positive presentation of what the Bible says about empathetic one-another care. Simply stated, I desire to present a brief, positive, biblical case for biblical empathy—what it is, why it is vital, and how we can minister Christlike empathy to one another. And, rather than “re-inventing the wheel,” I’m developing this series from the culmination of 36 years of thinking about this topic, especially as summarized in my equipping book, Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ. 

Commencement 

Unlike some counselors, I never label my final counseling session the “termination” session. I shudder just typing the word “termination.” Instead, I tend to call the final session the “commencement” session. Like a high school or higher ed commencement service, the word commencement pictures not so much an ending, but rather the first stage of a new beginning.

So today, in Part 10 of this RPM Ministries blog mini-series, let’s consider this “Our Commencement Post.” We’re wrapping up and sending you away on the first stage of an ongoing journey of Jesus-like biblical empathy for one another.

To “commence” well, I thought it might be helpful to formulate today’s post in a Q & A format in which I’m seeking both to summarize what’s gone before and to recommend what might come next.

Question #1, “Remind us, Bob, what motivated your writing this series on Empathy Is Biblical?” 

To equip God’s people with Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed resources by sharing a positive presentation of biblical counseling, one-another ministry, and daily Christian living.

I desire to present a brief, positive, biblical case for biblical empathy—what it is, why it is vital, and how we can minister Christlike empathy to one another.

Question #2: “So, Bob, were you ‘targeting’ anyone as you penned these blog posts?” 

Question #3: “Bob, is there even a need for a reminder that empathy is biblical?” 

Question #4: “But, Bob, why not directly critique those writings that empathy is sinful? 

Question #5: “Well, Bob, is there anything you would say or have said in interaction with the folks writing about empathy is sinful?” 

Question #6: “Bob, what’s your final desired ‘take-away’ for your readers?” 

I desire to present a brief, positive, biblical case for biblical empathy—what it is, why it is vital, and how we can minister Christlike empathy to one another.

The Rest of the Story 

By popular request, I’m turning this entire 10-part RPM Ministries blog post from my Truth and Love blog site into a free PDF resource: Empathy Is Biblical. (Link Coming Soon.)

Join the Conversation 

You’ve read my Q & A.

How would you answer any of the questions you read?

What question would you ask me?

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