We Laugh and Cry Together (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 138)
Romans 12:15 (NLT)
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
In the big body of believers, there is a universal understanding that at certain times, we are to feel what others feel with them. When happiness is expressed, we are to rejoice with the one who is happy. When sadness is the emotion, we are to be solemn with the one experiencing sadness. God is the same way. When we are happy, He is glad. When we are heartbroken, His own heart is broken as well.
We should true love and concern for each other when we make the sorrows and joys of each person we encounter our own. Christ is able to comfort us in our pain because He knows what it is like to suffer. He also cheers us on to victory because He knows what it is like to be victorious. When we exchange joys and sorrows with one another, we learn to embrace each other for who we are — frail, finite human beings who are living in need of grace every day.
This is to say that we should not be envious of other when they prosper, but rejoice with them and encourage them to continue in the right way. We do not despise those who are in the deep throes of trouble, but express genuine concern for them and seek to help them in any way we can. To laugh and cry together is both a battle and a balance in the Christian’s life.
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
— Albert Schweitzer