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6 Signs Jesus Was An Empath

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Jesus is the ultimate empath in the Bible. The gift of empathy is simply being able to discern what people are feeling, their motives, and which spirit they’re operating with. When someone has a natural ability to be compassionate and they can discern the atmosphere… It’s a POWERFUL combination.

Jesus had the strongest empathic gifting in the Bible. Jesus was often seen discerning thoughts/actions and sympathizing with others. He had foreknowledge that came from God. He walked by faith and not by sight. Therefore, he lived based on what He felt from God and within the atmosphere.

Take the empath test to find out if you are an empath NOW.

Examples of Jesus being an empath in the Bible with scripture verses:

1. Speaking to the Pharisees

The Pharisee’s were often trying to trap Jesus with the use of questions. In this particular circumstance, they wanted to show he was against “The Law” because he was healing others on the Sabbath. However, Jesus discerned their motives and answered them with wisdom.

But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?” Luke 5:22-23 KJV

2. When Lazarus Dies

Jesus wept as he saw the pain of Mary and Martha (the sister’s of Lazarus). He was moved in his spirit and felt their emotions very strongly.

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you put him? He asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered. Jesus wept. John 11 33-35

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3. Feeding the Multitude

Jesus knew that the people on the mount wanted him to overthrow the Roman government by force. Jesus was able to escape the mob because he discerned their motives and knew it didn’t align with God’s Kingdom of love and peace.

“After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. John 6:14-15

4. The Last Supper

Jesus knew that Judas would betray him and Peter would deny him. With knowledge from God, He was able to discern their motives and future actions.

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. Matthew 26:34-35

5. Woman by the Well

As Jesus approached the well he saw a woman and he discerned her sexual activities. Jesus had a foreknowing that the woman had multiple husbands. The truth is, Jesus understood the deep shame, lack of identity and emotional void that this woman carried.

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” John 4:16-18

Jesus perceived the pain that kept her entrenched in sin, so he offered her a chance to experience the fullness in Christ if she’d only repent and change.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:13-15

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6. Jesus’ Death

Jesus knew we couldn’t live up the standard of the Law without the help of the Holy Spirit. He empathized with us by creating a path for us to escape the wrath of sin.

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Where does the term Empath come from?

The term empath is a psychological term that was coined in 1908.

In my opinion, it’s a non-religious word to describe the gift of DISCERNMENT fused with compassion. Science always testifies to what God has already blessed us with even if the name is changed. When someone has a natural ability to be compassionate and they can discern the deeper things… It’s a POWERFUL combination.

We can ALL tap into the power that Jesus possessed. The Holy spirit can live freely within us and direct us in empathy as we are emptied of the selfishness of the flesh.

It is God’s heart for ALL his children to be so compassionately moved by the emotions of others. It is His will for us to comfort each other and take each other’s problems to God in prayer. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

Bible Verses about Empathy & Discernment

In the Parable of the prodigal son, the father could discern the guilt and shame his son felt. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15: 17-20

God perceives EVERYTHING and understand our emotions. Don’t bother hiding it or bottling it up. Allow God into your pain: “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:11-12

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  • “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:9
  • “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8
  • “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
  • The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 

“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Christina Daniels is the founder of Adorned Heart. She is devoted to learning about human behavior and its affects on society. She received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Public Policy. She hopes to use her life and academic experience to empower & heal the hearts of women!


  • Michelle Karst

    I like the site. I am a new minister, I am also studying and starting a small Bible study group to up the peoples eyes to the Bible word that are written not how others want us to listen to them tell us what they say it means.

    • Christina Daniels

      Hi Michelle! That’s amazing! I pray that God increases your ministry in spiritual revelation and impact. Also, thanks for the compliment 🙂 Be Blessed!

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