Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn(Rom. 12:15). I get the mourning: weeping.
But rejoicing? Now that 's often a different matter altogether, isn’t it?
But there it is in God’s Word, plain and simple: Rejoice with those who rejoice.
I can think of several situations where I, sadly and embarrassingly, chose to respond with jealousy and anger, rather than rejoicing. I even rationalized my response by telling myself the other person was being selfish and prideful.
I once heard a pastor share that he and his wife were visiting friends during a season when they were struggling financially. During supper, their friends told them that they had recently come into a large, unexpected inheritance. I can only imagine how hard it was for the pastor and his wife to sit at the dinner table and be excited for the season of financial blessing that had come to their friends.
What a gift it is when a friend truly, deeply rejoices with our rejoicing! I remember a dear friend who cried with joy when I told her I was pregnant after many long years of miscarriages. What a gift her joy was to me.
God knows why He commands these things that sometimes feel so very impossible. Yet I grow in faith as I choose to trust that His love and care for me is just as great as it is for my friends. (For without faith it is impossible to please God.)
It also blesses the socks off those I love who are rejoicing and binds our friendship even closer.
Rejoice with those who rejoice. What does that look like for you right now, right here, this moment?
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