“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are.” Hebrews 4:15
No books nor universities can teach us the divine art of sympathy. We must be strongly tempted ourselves–before we can understand what others suffer in their temptations.
We must have deep sorrow ourselves before we can be true comforters of others in their times of sorrow. We must walk through the deep valley ourselves before we can be guides to others in the same shadowy valleys.
We must feel the strain, and carry the burden, and endure the struggle ourselves and only then can we be touched with the feeling of sympathy, or can give help to others in life’s stresses and overwhelming needs. So we see one compensation of suffering–it prepares us for being helpers to others.
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
– J. R. Miller