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A Great Reason To Weep
8/26/2013

Weep with those who weep... Rom 12:15 (NKJV)

We can see in the Book of Romans, Paul encouraged believers to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice,” and in the same verse he let them know 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 others are feeling when they are experiencing their pain.  I experience this continually 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 her brother Lazarus had died.  Jesus watched as Mary 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)

As Mary wept, Jesus responded by weeping also, 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 was compelled to weep.  And we are told to reflect this Christ-like character as well.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.. Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

We need to imitate God and His great compassion (Eph 5:1; Col 3:12).  Even if other believers don’t weep because their heart is hardened, we should still be compelled to weep (cf. Jer. 9:1-3).  This is because when one member of the Body suffers, all the members suffer with it (1 Cor 12:26).   

If we find we are not sad when someone else is sad, then it is time for us to ask God to let us see things in the way He does.  We should ask Him, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks Your heart.” 

I would like to share one more thing I have experienced about this duty as a Christian believer.  Taking the time to share in the pain of others 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 this couldn’t be further from the truth.  I have found many times, my attempts at trying to say something helpful are much less valuable than simply sitting with those 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 with you the one he chose, as I feel it sums up this attribute 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.”

Lord, give us the heart of this child, especially when we see others who are hurting.

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

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

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When we see another person weeping, let’s stop and pray, asking the Lord what He would have us do.  Let’s remember how Jesus was impacted when He saw others weeping.

LET'S PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your compassion and loving kindness towards us.  Father, help us to see people in the way You do today.  Thank You for allowing us to understand the need to share in others' pain.  We praise You today for the knowledge You have shared with us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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