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Clichés

Ephesians 5:6 NIV [6] Let no one deceive you with empty words…

Sometimes, Christians hide behind empty clichés which when examined carefully, may not really make sense and in some contexts may be actually offensive. Phrases like “God is my co-pilot”, “Heaven helps those who help themselves”, “I’m forgiven, not perfect”, “When God closes a door, He opens a window” etc. are not necessarily spiritually sound just because we throw a few metaphysical words around in a sentence. We may even use them in evangelism which can cause confusion and make religion seem like an opium-induced reaction to reality. “Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches” (Harold Evans). 

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Empathy

Romans 12:15 KJV: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Galatians 6:2 KJV

Bear ye one another’s

burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV: And though I have…all knowledge… and have not charity, I am nothing.

Sometimes, Christians have a problem showing true empathy to others in times of trouble. The Bible is not meant to replace basic human empathy. Usually, when a Christian opens up about their grief or problems, we are too quick to bombard them with Bible verses and a know-it-all attitude. As Job’s three friends learned, not all problems can be quoted away. Sometimes, a listening ear or your quiet presence, and basically trying to put yourself in the person’s shoes without imposing preconceived ideas and Christian clichés on them can be a better help than digging for verses to prove a point. “Without exception, empathy is always appropriate” (Stephen Covey).