I was thinking of how natural and expected it is for people to show sympathy to their own flesh and blood. The testimony to defend a lived one is discounted based on the expectation that a mother would be likely to cover for son for instance.
How much more is the inclination to defend ourselves and stand sympathetic to our own likes and dislikes? This speaks to the miracle we witness daily as God assists us with the power of Christ to overcome ourselves as we stand in agreement with His judgment of death to our old man... Aka ourselves.
I had a vision the other day of holding my old man still while he trembled in fear and pleaded for release. I saw anguish and a glimmer of hope in his eye but I looked to the one coming with handcuffs to take him away.
Sympathy has to do with harmony and resonating. There is a natural rhythm which stands contrary to God and there is the rhythm and nature of God which is contrary to our own natures.
The record of Christ teaches us how to walk in this new rhythm after the nature of or new birth in Christ. As we were born if His light, so must we learn to walk in it just as we learned to walk in darkness by blind leaders of the blind.
Praise God for making it possible for those of faith to cast off our former traditions and natures by putting on the priestly garments in service to Christ!