Deep feelings for others and sympathy for their needs, leading to appropriate action on their behalf. Spiritual sensitivity is the ability to perceive and respond to the call of God or the spiritual demands of the moment. Oversensitivity and lack of sensitivity are extremes to be avoided.
Examples of insensitivity to othersDt 28:53-57 As a result of God’s judgment, the most sensitive person will become insensitive even to the needs of family; 1Sa 1:13-14 Eli’s insensitivity to Hannah; Job 16:2 the insensitivity of Job’s “comforters”; Jnh 4:9-11 Jonah’s insensitivity to the people of Nineveh; Mt 19:13 pp Mk 10:13 pp Lk 18:15 the disciples’insensitivity towards children brought to Jesus Christ; 1Co 11:20-21 insensitivity to the needs of others; Jas 2:2-4 insensitivity towards poorer visitors to church
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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