I went to a memorial service yesterday for a young man who tragically lost his life last weekend. His dad and I are good friends, and I went to him afterwards and we had a big hug and a nice cry. My compassion for the family overtook me and my emotions, as I realized that this family lost a son and the siblings lost a brother. We need to heed Paul’s ‘orders’ in the next sentence..
Paul writes, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15 NASB). Do you want to plumb the depths of your love for someone? How do you feel when that person succeeds? Do you rejoice or are you jealous? And when he or she stumbles or falls into misfortune? Are you really sorry? Or are you secretly pleased?
Love never celebrates misfortune. Never! Real love changes people. Didn’t God’s love change you? You know your love is real when you weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Do you want to know what love is? “This is what real love is– It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10).
God passes the test! And well he should —he drafted it! He rejoices with you; may you rejoice with others.