"Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity." Hebrews 5:2
IN JESUS TODAY!
There is this status that so many people share called, "Fellowship of Sufferings", where an individual understands exactly what another is experiencing because they have experienced this themselves. Often you might hear, "Oh I understand" or "Been there, done that" in other words they share this Fellowship of Sufferings or Fellowship of like experience. This is important, because it gives us understanding. For example, who can understand or have compassion for an anger issue that a person might experience because they have a physical hardship that another person of a different gender or of another culture might not have? Who can understand and have compassion? Only another person that has experienced it!
There is no degree or ordination that can certify them in this, it is unique to a specific person and requires that Fellowship of Sufferings for understanding and compassion, and what of another that struggles in an area that is unique to their gender or culture? Only those that have been there and have experienced this. Hands on, or practical experience is what many textbooks have originated from and textbooks without this, as they say, "may not be worth the paper they are written on" because this Fellowship of Sufferings is absent from what they teach. In John chapter 8:3-9 we find the Pharisees ignorant about sin and having no compassion, have brought before Jesus a woman that was taken in adultery. In order to have compassion they had to have this ignorance removed, and so Jesus began to open their eyes, saying:
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." And they which heard it, being convicted of their own conscience, went out one by one. John 8:7-9 To have understanding of another person we must also have our eyes and heart opened to what they are experiencing.