12th March 2013

Rejoicing And Weeping

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
Romans 12:15 (KJV)

I feel sure we all know of people who are rejoicing ~ maybe with a newborn healthy baby, an upcoming marriage or a promotion at work, and the list could easily go on. If we don’t personally know anyone who is rejoicing, we only need to speak with family or friends, read the paper, or watch the news, to find out about people who are rejoicing ~ even if it’s only a football team having won a goal!

And the same goes for people who are weeping with whom we can weep ~ the bereaved, those made redundant, those injured or seriously ill, and again the list could easily go on. And if we don’t know anyone personally, again we can talk with others or check the news etc.

So why am I writing? Because I had a thought, though you may well have already thought it. But in case you didn’t, I’d like to share it with you. Do we rejoice with the angels or weep with Jesus?

The Bible tells us that the angels rejoice over sinners who repent (Luke 15:10). Do we rejoice with them when we hear of people repenting and responding to God’s call?  The Bible tells us Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Do we weep with Him not only over Jerusalem but also over our own city, town or village, for those who don’t know Him?

The Bible is full of examples of times we can rejoice or weep with others. We can probably also find even more opportunities around us, if we look.

Dear loving Father, may our hearts not be hardened or filled with cynicism, but rather may we be open to Your emotions. May we also join You in both weeping and rejoicing as we grow closer to You. Thank You.

Study by Ruth Edwards

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