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Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice
11/24/2009

Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice!
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 16

...that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 1Corinthians 12:25-27 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the 3rd of our "Duties to All People" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to "All People," including every Christian believer, or non-believer that we come in contact with.  And that 3rd duty is also our 16th way to honor God.  

16.    "Rejoice with those who rejoice"(Rom 12:15a)

Now this exhortation seems much simpler than the last two for sure.  I mean, look at the difference, in the last two we are called to bless those who persecute us and not to curse at them.  But now we are simply told to, "Rejoice with those who rejoice!"

So we are to:

  • Be glad because they are glad
  • Be happy because they are happy
  • Be delighted because they are delighted

Q:    So, Are we to be happy at everything they are happy about?

Q:    Does this mean that when someone is happy when they have inflicted pain on me or someone else through some evil act of vengeance, that I should be happy?

A:    No.  In fact, God's Word tells us just the opposite.

He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. Proverbs 17:5 (NKJV)

What this means is that when someone else gets the promotion, and they are happy - then we should be happy as well - knowing that God has allowed this according to His will.  We are reflecting Christ-Like attributes when we are genuinely rejoicing in the blessings that others experience (Rom 12:15; 1Cor 12:26).

Again, this can seem pretty simple but sometimes we can tend to look at others and then compare them to ourselves - sort of a pride temptation.  This is especially true when others are accomplishing or accumulating - we tend to see what they have and then compare it to what we have, and it can at times somehow put a damper on what we have been blessed with.  

Paul spoke about this attribute of Christian living when he wrote to the Corinthian Church previous to this Roman epistle as well - when he said "...if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." (1Cor 12:26)
 
This attribute of a genuine Christian heart is not just reserved for rejoicing, as we will see in our next way to honor God.

Hey Christian, when you see another person who is rejoicing over a blessing in their life, then rejoice with them, being happy as if it were happening to you.  Know that God allowed it, and that He has a plan to use it in a great and perfect way.  When others are blessed, it is a test for us as much as it is a blessing for them.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our being happy with what is happening to others from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself being genuinely happy when you see others being blessed, or do you find yourself thinking something else?

APPLICATION: When you see another brother or sister in the Lord being blessed, know that God has allowed it according to His perfect plan for their life.  Also know that they are a part of the body of believers just as you are.  So be happy for them, and rejoice when they rejoice.

Father, Thank You for continuing to teach me and to open my eyes to see things differently.  Help me to remember these lessons that You are sharing with Me.  Help me to see other believers as my brothers and sisters.  Help me to be what You have called me to be to them.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 



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