23 Jan Day 19: Rejoice and Weep
Michael and Sherri Dezort
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Wait! What? On first appearance this can seem contradictory. Are we rejoicing or mourning? And how is rejoicing and mourning “love in action?” This is all part of God’s plan for unity within the body of Christ – the church. What’s important to note here is that the church body will not be without pain, nor will it always be in a state of suffering. There will be times of joy and pain. That is the human condition on this earth. But the bible instructs us to join together as a body of believers and share in each other’s triumphs and sorrows. When you have a literal blood family member, aren’t you happy for them when life is going well for them? Of course! And when a child or a parent is hurting, doesn’t it hurt your heart as well and don’t you try to lessen the pain? Of course, you do. In the same way, we are to treat our church family in this manner. We rejoice with them when special events in their lives provide happiness, and when they go through a trial, we stand with them, we cry with them, we hold them close and love on them. Why? Because the same love Jesus showed us, is in our hearts and we are moved to do the same for others. And while we do this for other church members, we must also remember to reach out and share this love with those not in the church. In this way, they will know that our love and faith is authentic and will be drawn to Jesus.
- Ask the Lord to show you who you can reach out to each day. You don’t have to “save” the world in a single day, but I guarantee you there are people in your sphere of influence who are hurting. Others are celebrating a momentous event and just need someone to join them in their joy. Will it be you?
- Ask the Lord to reveal to you what difference this would make to those around you. Ask Him for courage to step out and share His love with no thought for yourself or how you might look to others. I assure you; your love will be appreciated. If not in the immediate, it will be in eternity.
- Practically speaking, look for an opportunity TODAY (and every day after) to see with God’s eyes someone near you who is rejoicing or mourning. That may look like happiness or depression. You may see it in their eyes, their facial expression, slumped shoulders, whatever. The point is, take notice and act! Life is not a spectator sport and everyone around you needs Jesus’ love, even if they don’t know it yet.