I have been reading a biblical parenting devotional and the last two days the have talked about empathy. The first day was about empathy as a way to help manage anger towards our kids. Today was about empathy being both truth and love. I have never really thought about it that way but it make sense.
Empathy is combining both truth and love and showing those to our kids, yes but I think it is a principle we can use in all relationships. The question is how do we show both at the same time - by being connecting to the Father and doing what He would do.
I am learning that in a lot pr principles, if not every, God is not really black and white, He is grace and empathy. For us to be those things we have to be connected to Him and listening to His truth and love and grace.
"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." James 1:19-20
"Instead, speak the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ." Ephesians 4:15