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Ask Aysha: “Does God Send Empaths to Help Others?”

I have this strong, almost supernatural ability to sense the emotions of others. I think that I may be an “Empath,” but I’m not sure if this is something that’s from God or from the devil. I want to use my ability to help others, but I don’t want to go against God. What do you think?

While I was researching the concept of “Empath,” it became pretty evident that the concept is not biblical. Empaths are described as people who are constantly bombarded by the emotions of others to the point that it often becomes overwhelming for them. Some people who consider themselves to be Empaths even claim to take on the pain and physical ailments of others. Clearly, this isn’t God’s work.

Jesus is a Healer, so if He did allow someone to experience the pain of others, it would be for the purpose of healing and it wouldn’t be that overwhelming. Also, God certainly wouldn’t want believers to take on the illnesses of others. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but God comes to restore and give life more abundantly. Receiving the ailments and overwhelming negative feeling of others seems more like the enemy trying to steal the joy of others, not about God restoring His joy to the hurting.

It’s probably not a good idea to refer to yourself as an Empath because that suggests a couple of things:

  • First, it focuses a lot on negative feelings, versus helping others move past the negative emotions.
  • Second, it takes the focus off of God. Empaths believe that this ability is about them connecting to others and the universe, rather than acknowledging the restorative power of Christ.

As a child of God yourself, what you’re probably experiencing when you sense the distress of others is a spiritual gift in operation. The Bible says that at the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of every believer and each believer receives a spiritual gift. According to 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT:

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

So the difference between being an Empath and operating in your spiritual gift is purpose.

God gives spiritual gifts to equip and empower you to help others. You express a strong desire to help others who are hurting, so one of your spiritual gifts may be mercy or exhortation. You’re probably a great friend, and people probably seek you out for counsel. That’s awesome! In fact, your God-given life purpose might focus on helping people who have been hurt in some way.

My suggestion is to ask God to reveal your gifts to you; then, ask Him to equip you to use your gifts to help other people. When you do this, God will begin to use you in a mighty ways so be prepared for a radical change!

What do you girls think? Is being an Empath biblical? Has God revealed your spiritual gifts to you yet?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by ARYURK on January 30, 2015 at 16:42

    Hello. I am a strong Christian man, and I must respectfully five you a counterpoint. I am an empath personality and I don’t feel this is the work of Satan or that it is not of God. Of course the word “empathy” is not Biblical; that word was not invented until way later in human existence. That being said, the actions and emotions associated with our modern word empath is very much in the word of God. God himself is pure empathy, he feels all his children’s emotions and feels what they feel. He teaches His children things through this pain. Jesus Himself was an amazing empath. He took on all the hurt and sin (narcissism or love of one’s self being original sin) and died on the cross because of His empathy. Isn’t Christianity about living as Christ lived? Following His word and guidance, and helping our fellow man through difficulty. When I was a young man, I was an atheist and this caused me to be very self centered and bitter. I worried only of myself. After growing a bit and being born again I have realized that I have always been an empath, and my resistance to it caused intense dissatisfaction within myself. How can one serve God if they are denying who He made them? I was strong and growing in my natural abilities, and helping others because I was compelled to do so. Because I felt what they were feeling. There will always be those who tell you to conform and deny one’s self. But if you seek Christ, and not humans thoughts, and ask Him to guide you through your path; we can all learn to accept ourselves and our gifts and help to better society. As it was in the days of Noah so will it be in the end days. We must strengthen our faith in Christ and learn to build our spiritual strengths in Jesus’ name. We were all born to be strong Christian warriors, it’s time to embrace ourselves and stand!

    • LovingGodLovingPeople

      Posted by LovingGodLovingPeople on April 25, 2017 at 06:15

      Thank you ARYURK for your Comment. I agree with you. You said exactly what i was thinking regarding being empath. I’m also an empath. I use my gift from God to help people.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Nettle on August 15, 2017 at 15:55

        I agree also. I am Christian, have been drawn to seek God far as long as I can remember. I have not always lived a Christ centered life. I rebelled and lived a very wicked life for longer than I’d like to think of. I am so thankful for God’s saving grace through Jesus!
        Just like I was drawn to God, I’ve also always felt others energy. As a child I can remember it haunting me because I didn’t like what I felt, which is probably the the reason I rebelled. It wasn’t until my late twenties while attending massage therapy school that I realized I could physically feel anothers energy. Unfortunately, I also absorbed the negative energy from my clients which caused my body to so much pain I had to stop. I’ve also been the caregiver for my grandmother on her final journey home. She passed in my arms and again I felt her spirit leave her body. I also care for my mom and aunt but I didn’t feel them as I did my grandmother, maybe because they were not in my arms. I know I am a healer simply because of the path I’ve been on since my grandmother passed. Now I find myself trying to understand how I’m to use this gift and not be drained. I do believe without a doubt that God has given me this for His purpose. I don’t believe in anyway that it is evil. Just would love to be able to use it, help others and fulfill the Lord’s purpose He has set before me.

  2. gjohnson00

    Posted by gjohnson00 on June 21, 2013 at 18:53

    I love aysha’s posts! Does anyone know how to ask her a question?

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by mrscoolio990 on June 1, 2013 at 15:20

    Well some peoples personalities have these type of abilities, I in fact, are one of them also! Try taking the Myers Briggs Personality Test to figure out that maybe your personality type might be linked to some of these types of stuff. I’m an INFJ type in the myers briggs test (the rarest personality) And I myself am HIGHLY empathetic! So it might just have to do with your personality! It’s really fun stuff to research!

  4. beautifymysoulgod

    Posted by beautifymysoulgod on May 25, 2013 at 11:29

    I disagree with some of this answer. Yeah I think empath is a very bad name to call it. I think feeling others emotions is actually a spiritual gift. I get it too sometimes. My mentor and a few leaders at my church have that gift. It’s a gift used so that you can heal people. It’s like discernment. God bless. But yeah definitely pray about it and ask God what & if he wants you to use this for.

  5. worship

    Posted by worship on May 25, 2013 at 09:45

    That is what I have! Thank you for clarifying and helping!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by YourLoveIsEverything on May 24, 2013 at 06:14

    Wow!! I don’t usually chime in, but after seeing this I’ve got to! I didn’t know there were such things as “Empaths” (basically using God’s gift without or refusing to acknowledge that it is Him in you and not you alone), but I believe in this as a spiritual gift for certain. I operate in discernment (what this ’empathy’ thing is) too, so it’s cool to hear that other young girls not only have these gifts, but are seeking to use them in a way to bring glory to God. 🙂

  7. Marissarulz

    Posted by Marissarulz on May 23, 2013 at 17:40

    Oh gosh, I didn’t know this was one. I think it’s mine.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by YourLoveIsEverything on May 24, 2013 at 06:07

      It could very well be 🙂 Ask God to reveal that to you. Chances are it isn’t your only gift, though. For example… I operate in many spiritual gifts: discernment (whcich is what this ’empathy’ is), prophey, speaking in tongues, word of knowledge, etc. and God pulls them out of me when they are needed. 🙂

      • Marissarulz

        Posted by Marissarulz on May 25, 2013 at 22:35

        I have been asking… Then this post caught my eye. And say, God, when am I going to get that vision? 😉

  8. his98child

    Posted by his98child on May 23, 2013 at 17:20

    So well said! Great job =]