Have you ever thought of being sensitive as a Godly Strength? Today, many people might think of a person with this attribute being easily offended, or possibly left with hurt feelings. But what is biblical sensitivity? How is it a strength? In the Bible sensitive means you are quick to detect slight changes and needs of others. Even being able to detect the Holy Spirit’s guidance and helping hand. What a different way to look at sensitivity! It truly is a strength!
What does God say about sensitivity…?
- “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…”─Isaiah 61:1
- “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”─Romans 12:15
- “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”─1 John 3:17
Sensitivity to others needs means that you are humble and put your own desires aside to help your brother or sister in Christ. You are willing to walk with them through joy and sorrow. What a loving gift from the Spirit!
As you seek the Spirit’s guidance in this gift, He will multiply it, giving you His strength to serve and point others to Jesus.
Sensitivity is not…
We need to be on guard as the enemy will counterfeit this amazing gift, twisting it into something that could cause the feelings of condemnation and confusion. Because of your sensitivity, you could be tempted to believe lies that leave you doubting or anxious about hurting others. Ask God to heal these thoughts, and show you when your feelings are responding to lies. It is the work of the Spirit to change hearts. Rest in this fact, while rejoicing that God wants you to be a part of the experience.
Sensitivity is a gift and work of the Spirit. You seek to listen and be aware of the Spirit’s prompting to help those in need. Rest in the truth that God is in control, but invites you to partner with Him to help others. If you have struggled with being overly-sensitive, ask God to use this to help others overcome the lies with God’s truth.
We want to pray with you! Ask God to show you where He wants you to serve. This powerful gift comes with a calling to walk with others and to share their burdens. God’s strength has been bestowed upon you, and we want to pray that you are steadfast in this call to sensitivity. Your gift is truly a reflection of the Father’s heart and will be used in God’s Kingdom to be Jesus to others.