It is fairly easy to think about obeying this command. I can party with those who want to party. This summer we had a great time at my summer intern’s wedding – not much suffering there!
But do you ever have times when a friend is excited about something that you couldn’t care about? Chelsea won the Champions League – great, but so what?
How often do we actually get sad or angry when others are successful? You’re looking for a new job and that friend comes in and says, “Guess what – I got a new job and I wasn’t even looking for one!” You want to get married and your friend just gets engaged. You work hard for an B on the exam but your friend got an A*.
Rejoice when others rejoice – I don’t think so.
Rejoice with those who rejoice only comes by a work of the Spirit. Often, our natural response is to want others to be as miserable as we are.
Pray for the success of those around you. Then pray for your heart. Pray that you would truly “Rejoice with those who rejoice.”
But there are sad times in our lives as well. That is for another post…