Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. (Proverbs 25:20 NLT)
When speaking with people, we need to learn their rhythms. This verse is another way of say"he's like a bull in a china shop" (something that has been said of me often).
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
This is what we need to learn to represent God to man and man to God. If, as a follower of Jesus, I'm an ambassador, a priest, if you will, this is my job. I need to have two things up and running in my life:
1. I need to be in step with the Holy Spirit.
2. I need to have empathy for those I come in contact with.