My heart was breaking, but there was a birthday party to attend. So much heaviness weighed down on my soul, but there was life to celebrate. My tears poured, but that day I needed to reapply the mascara and go sing.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice,” the Bible commands in Romans 12:15.
The familiar verse usually seemed so straightforward and easy to obey. But not that day.
So, I prayed.
I showed up.
I even laughed. A real, true, heartfelt laugh.
My pain was not gone, but it unexpectedly paused from consuming me as I intentionally entered into the joy that others were experiencing. Thankfully, by God’s grace, in our weakness, He is powerful enough to grace our face with a smile for our rejoicing friend (II Corinthians 12:9). God is able to do the impossible (Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26).
Need help rejoicing with those who rejoice? Call out to Jesus for help. On His way to the cross to bear the sins of the world, He first rejoiced at a wedding, even turning some water into the best wine for the celebration. I find that amazing! Jesus knew His mission and yet perfectly rejoiced with those that rejoiced. Surely He can enable us to focus on the joy of others even when our own heart feels heavy.
Recently, I was on the flip-side of this scenario. While I was rejoicing over good news, I had some friends in quite different circumstances excitedly and genuinely join me in my happiness. Their selfless reaction was such a blessing to me and increased my own joy. The hard work of rejoicing with those that are rejoicing is yet one more concrete way we can love others, bring glory to God, and make a positive impact in the world.
Rejoice with those who rejoice and cry with those who cry. One time, in one of the most difficult moments of my life I bumped into a close friend. I was literally on the edge of calling it quits, and my heart was crushed under a mountain of unbearable pain. Seeing her was so refreshing to my heart, but at the same time her brushing over my hurt and steering clear away from it was equally painful. I felt crushed and abandoned just like the by passers in the Good Samaritan story. And God allows sometimes those moments to show us HE is the Good Samaritan, He is the Good Shepherd and the Faithful Friend, He’s the one who’ll pick us up, carry us on and bind up our wounds. He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. So thankful for you, Elizabeth and I’m super duper excited for you now, as well!!!🤩💖🥳
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Sorry for your pain! I like how you point out that God is the Perfect Friend. KOKO!