We seem to have grasped what it is to mourn with those who mourn. Our hearts are touched by tragedy and we respond by comforting people, praying for them, and sometimes by giving and meeting needs.
This is not specifically a Christian response. People of all backgrounds are moved to compassion by tragic events. We think of recent outpourings of generosity in response to catastrophic natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes. When people’s lives are shattered by tragic accidents, violence, disease or death we want to reach out and help.
But do we rejoice with those who rejoice? Can we share in another person’s elation when they succeed, when it goes well with them? Can we be genuinely happy for them or does their success stir up feelings of envy or even resentment?
True generosity rejoices with those who rejoice and can say with sincerity, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 1 John 3:2 (NKJV)
Prayer–Father in Heaven, give us a genuine heart of love that can rejoice with those who rejoice. Amen.