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Weep With Those Who Weep

Rejoice With Those Who Rejoice!
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 17

And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 2 Corinthians 2:3 (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 4th 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 4th duty is also our 17th way to honor God.

17. "Weep with those who weep." (Rom 12:15b)

In our last devotional we looked at how we are to, "Rejoice with those who rejoice," and it is equally Christ-like to weep with those who weep.

This duty simply means that we are to have:

  • Empathy: (understand another's pain)
  • Sympathy or Compassion (the capacity to share feelings; to have sorrow for their pain - and want to do something about it)

When we have this type of compassion it is almost as if we are experiencing the pain that they are feeling.  I often experience this as I counsel couples through marriage problems or when I go to visit and pray for people in the hospital.  

We serve a compassionate God, and Jesus reflected this attribute as well.  We see the story of Lazarus as recorded in Luke; where Mary had told Jesus that her brother Lazarus had died.  Jesus watched as her and others wept with sadness over the loss of Lazarus - the shortest verse in the Bible records what happened next.

Jesus wept. John 11:35 (NKJV)

Jesus responded in like manor as He experienced her pain and felt it as His own.  Jesus came along side of these people and shared in their grief - He was filled with compassion, and He wept.  And we are told to reflect this Christ-like character as well.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

We need to imitate God and His great compassion (Eph 5:1; Col 3:12)

Q:    What about weeping for those who because of hardness of heart, or rebellion, don't weep - what should we do about this?

A:    Not only are we to weep for those who weep, we are to weep for those who don't (See Jer. 9:1-3)

And that is because when one member of the Body suffers, all the members suffer with it (1Cor 12:26).  

If you find that you are not sad when someone else is sad, then it is time to ask God to let you see things in the way that He does.  Ask Him, "Lord, break my heart for what breaks Your heart." 

I would like to share one more thing on this duty that I have experienced.  Taking the time to share in another's pain isn't always easy.  And finding the right words can be difficult.  Often we think we have to say something very profound or special, and that couldn't be further from the truth.  I have found that any attempts at trying to say something helpful are much less valuable than simply sitting with the ones in pain, and weeping as they weep.

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.  The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.  I wanted to share the one he chose with you as it sums up this attribute that we are to have as Christian believers.

"A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Colossians 3:12, what are we to clothe ourselves with?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you compassionate to others when they are going through difficult times?  Do you find that you feel their grief and pain as if it is your own?

APPLICATION: When you see another person weeping, stop and pray - ask the Lord what He would have you do; and then simply stop and take some time to pray with, and weep with them during this time.

Father, Thank You for Your compassion and loving kindness towards us.  Father, help me to see people in the way that You do today Lord.  Thank You for allowing me to understand the need to share in others pain.  I praise You today for the knowledge that You have shared with me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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