The Doorpost: Rejoice, weep with others

Ray King  ·  Jan 30, 2018

Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15

Why are we given the instruction above? Apparently because we need to be told.

When we see someone who is discouraged, isn’t our first inclination often to “encourage” them by telling them why things really aren’t so bad? What about when we see someone who is extremely happy about something? Don’t we often seem to have an inclination to point out offsetting information to “protect” them from excessive celebration or possibly even because we are secretly jealous of God’s blessing on them?

When a fellow believer is rejoicing, we should support and encourage them by rejoicing with them. When they are weeping, we should support them by weeping with them. Our first reaction should not be to correct or change them.

For the Kingdom,

Ray King