Romans 12:15 – Rejoice #106

Romans 12 packs a powerful punch. Verses 9-21 remind us how to have transformed relationships including being devoted to others, speaking blessings over others, and living in harmony. Romans 12:15 states, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn.”

This world would look much different if we loved others by showing more compassion instead of growing bitter, jealous, and angry. What if just as verse 16 says, we were “mindful of others?” Don’t you think we would all be better off if we took a spiritual stance as the Lord has called us to do and celebrated with those who are in a position to be celebrated and grieved with those that are mourning?

I get asked all the time, “how can you be around baby stuff all the time?” Or, “why do you invest your time and heart following sad stories?” I don’t know if I would say this verse is the reason why, but this verse sure does help explain it. If I am celebrating, I want others to celebrate with me. If I am weeping, I want others to weep with me. Isn’t that what a true community of believers should do? Stand together as one? If I want that for myself, shouldn’t I do the same for others?

How do you want others to react when you are rejoicing or mourning? Maybe you should act the same way you would want others to act towards you! Help your brother or sister in Christ out by living in harmony with whatever they are facing. Cheer them on when they are celebrating and cry with them when they are hurting. Don’t treat others as they deserve, but love them according to how God originally intended.

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  • kaynicoleblogs
    Posted at 08:02h, 05 October Reply

    Thank you for this. It was a great reminder to rejoice or mourn with others just as we would like it to be if we were in their position.

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 08:07h, 05 October Reply

    the last part really hit home–not how they deserve to be treated. because sometimes that’s how i want to rspond, but i know it’s not right.

  • ourgreatestdesire
    Posted at 08:21h, 05 October Reply

    Great reminder and something that at times, is so difficult to do. Definitely something to strive towards!

  • Sabrina
    Posted at 08:58h, 05 October Reply

    This is good Caroline. Thank you for the reminder. I don’t usually get jealous or bitter, but lately I can feel a little slipping in. I’ve kicking around the idea of studying Romans again. I think this a clear sign that I should stop thinking about it and just open it up.

  • Rebecca Jo Vincent
    Posted at 10:19h, 05 October Reply

    OHHH… so hard for me. I have the worst WORST manager at work & I have to remind myself DAILY that God loves her & wants me to treat her like He would… when I just want to snub her & ignore her mean ways…. but its about treating others NOT the way I feel they should be treated…. sigh… so hard sometimes.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 13:34h, 05 October Reply

    Beautiful words of encouragement on this Monday! I think when we reach the place that we can truly do this and be happy for others, even in the midst of our own grief, it is because the love of God that abides within us overpowers the human temptations to be jealous. When we love as Jesus loved, we can be genuinely happy about the good things that come to others, even when are wondering when our day will ever come. God is so good to us all, and even though life is so hard, we all always have much to praise Him for. You are a shining light to us all, dear Caroline, as you continue to allow Him to use you from a place of such pain. Sending you much love and big hugs!!

  • Tania @ Run To Radiance
    Posted at 13:53h, 05 October Reply

    This is the verse that our women’s ministry centers around and I honestly think it’s one of the hardest commandments in the bible. It’s so, so challenging, but sounds so simple, but man is it ever good.

  • Rebeca
    Posted at 14:29h, 05 October Reply

    Such an encouraging post and confirmation of past services in church. One body, one mind, and one accord. Thanks for sharing. It is surely a chapter I will be reading tonight.

  • Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)
    Posted at 15:52h, 05 October Reply

    That last line. Yes! Treat others how God intended. So true!

  • Angie@chasingmyhalo
    Posted at 00:54h, 06 October Reply

    Great reminder. We’re all in this together!

  • Beka
    Posted at 11:07h, 06 October Reply

    Thanks for sharing this verse. It is a really good reminder. I love what you said “Don’t treat others as they deserve, but love them according to how God originally intended.” That’s so good and so true.

    I’m doing a Bible study about love and it talks about loving people beyond what we are capable of because The Holy Spirit enables us.

  • Morgan Gifford
    Posted at 17:53h, 06 October Reply

    Such an amazing post with an excellent reminder. Thank you for sharing.
    Morgan |

  • Wise Hearted
    Posted at 19:31h, 06 October Reply

    Great encouragement to all who read this post. We have lived a lot of places through the years and in every place there is always one who I find hard to love on. The principals you have shared has helped me form some lasting friendships with some of these women because of caring for them the way I want to be cared for.

  • megdgonzalez
    Posted at 22:14h, 06 October Reply

    What a great message and a wonderful reminder. Thank you!

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