As I write this, I’m looking forward to attending a Major League Baseball game. We’re getting together with a couple of nephews and their families in a couple of weeks. We’ll probably eat peanuts or hot dogs and cheer for our team. Elaine and I follow one team and our nephews follow the other, so we may tease each other a bit! But we’ll all enjoy the fireworks after the game. Although I want my team to win, just being together with family will be a lot of fun!
This reminds me of the first part of Romans 12:15, which says “Rejoice with those who rejoice.” (NIV) Fun times are even more fun when you can share them with others. No one likes to have a party by themselves!
Then there is the second part of Romans 12:15, which says, “Mourn with those who mourn.” (NIV) So why should we join with others in mourning? It’s not much fun. It is certainly no party or ball game! No, but it’s like the old saying that many hands make light work. Mourning with others provides comfort to them.
This is one fulfillment of Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Our presence with others when they mourn provides comfort. So, remember – rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.
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