by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15, NIV)
Today’s verse comes from a beautiful section where Paul gives advice for how people are to get along, living in harmony with people. Of course the idea about harmony is we each have a different role to play, but when blended together, it makes for something beautiful. And so it is with the Body of Christ.
Earlier in Paul’s writing, 1st Corinthians 12 to be exact, Paul taught about how the church is like a body, with each part serving a unique role to benefit the whole. In that section, Paul talks about how our inter-connectedness causes us to feel empathy with the rest of the body. In 1 Corinthians 12:26, Paul wrote, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” We cannot, and should not, make distinctions among the body, for if one of us is celebrating, we all should celebrate, and if one of us is grieving, we all should grieve. You might wonder how you can simultaneously, and authentically, rejoice and mourn with others. It’s similar to something Jesus said…what is impossible for people is possible for God (Luke 18:27). This is the power of Spirit living in you, enabling you to represent Christ wherever you go.
Do you know someone who is rejoicing that you need to join? What about someone who is mourning? As members of God’s family called, the Church, we are asked to walk with people wherever their steps lead them. How can you help do this for someone today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I give you thanks for making me a part of your holy family known as the church. I know I can join people in all walks of life, but only authentically with your help. I pray for that in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
Have an awesomely blessed day,