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Rejoicing With Others
8/23/2013

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

Of all the exhortations within the Bible that we have been given for each other as Christian believers, I would think one of the easier ones to adhere to would be to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice!” (Rom. 12:15)  This simply means:

·      We are to be glad because others are glad

·      We are to be happy because others are happy

·      We are to be delighted because others are delighted

Even so, this does not mean we are to be happy with everything others are happy about.  After all, if someone is happy because they were able to exact revenge upon another person, or they are happy because this person was fired from their work, then we should definitely not be rejoicing with them.  We see this clearly in God’s word. 

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

But if someone gets a promotion instead, then we should be rejoicing with them as they rejoice—knowing God has allowed this according to His will.  We are reflecting Christ-like attributes when we are genuinely rejoicing in the blessings others experience (Rom 12:15; 1 Cor 12:26).

…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. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (NKJV)

Again, this can seem pretty simple but there are times when we can look at others and then compare ourselves to them—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.” (1 Cor 12:26)

I want to encourage you; when you see another person, who is rejoicing over a blessing in their life, choose to rejoice with them, being happy as if it were happening to you.  Remember God allowed it, and 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 we see another brother or sister in the Lord being blessed, let’s remember, God has allowed it according to His perfect plan for their life.  Besides, they are a part of the body of believers just as we are, so let’s choose to be happy for them, and rejoice when they rejoice.

Father, thank You for continuing to teach us and to open our eyes to see things differently.  Help us to remember these lessons You are sharing with us.  Help us to see other believers as our brothers and sisters, and help us to be what You have called us to be to them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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