"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."
The Word instructs us to "rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn." In doing this, we could be bouncing back from joyful congratulations to crying alongside a hurting friend.
What a blessed life to live though. Being able to laugh and celebrate with those wonderful life "happenings".....a birth, a new job, a marriage, a new home bought, a miracle of healing or financial provision. Yet at the same time, being able to pray with, cry with, and wrap loving arms around those who have suffered great loss, experienced tragedy, received a diagnosis, or are walking through an illness.
Both opportunities are a gift from the Lord. It's why we are on this earth. We get to rejoice when great things happen to other people, celebrate with them. We get to mourn when tough times hit other's lives, feel with them.
None of us want to feel alone in the happy times or the hard times. We want to "live life" connected to other people.
Sometimes we shy away from rejoicing and mourning with others. Why? Are we envious when good things happen in other's lives? Do we wish it was our "good news"? Maybe. Do we not reach out when others are hurting because we are uncomfortable? Are we too busy? Shame on us. Putting ourselves, our life aside, to reach out to another hurting person is exactly why we are here.
So look around....who needs to be rejoiced with? Who needs someone to mourn with? They are all around you.....open your eyes, open your heart, open your arms and start to do Romans 12:15!