More Than Bread Devotional for 5/28/08

Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

It dawned on me today that someone reading all of these posts in a row might think I am depressed or something.  I assure you that is not the case.  I have been reading some discussions online about hurt and sorrow and the Christian response to it however and I think it is something that needs some attention.  It is usually very easy to rejoice with those who are rejoicing.  I say usually because there are those times that we feel jealousy or envy instead of joy for the person.  But mourning with those who mourn is a little more difficult it seems.  Unless we have gone through the situation ourselves, it can be hard to have empathy.  And even if our situation was similar it is never the same.  Only through the Holy Spirit can we hope to accomplish this command.  So let Him help you to rejoice and to mourn with those who need you.

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