BIBLE BREAKFAST (#351) 03/10/20 (English)
“The best recipe against discontent and love in deeds…”
? Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
▪️The are tears of joy, but in the context of this verse: “weep with those who weep”, we are not talking about tears of joy but the tears of a person who is going through suffering, sorrow, hardships, walking through the valley of tears and tribulations.
▪️With this calling, Apostle Paul wanted to say, do not leave a suffering person alone. Share with them in their sorrow, help them get through the valley of tribulations.
▪️ “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2), the same Paul said, calling Christians not only in tongue, but in deeds to be able to share a “stranger’s” pain, helping to carry it. He personally experienced this when, unfortunately, not many were willing to do this: “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.” (2 Timothy 4:16)
▪️This is absolutely not a mature view… Exactly how we “rejoice with those who rejoice”, not only talking about this, but actually doing it as mature Christians do. The same way, only spiritually mature people can “weep with those who weep”.
▪️They do not find joy in a “stranger’s” pain- “that’s what you get”. No, they are capable of feeling a “stranger’s”pain as their own, they are capable of sharing in a “stranger’s” pain, and if they need to, they will carry the pain as much as is possible: “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26) This is the best indicator of love.
▪️Moreover, we serve each other in doing this, showing love in deeds, care, blessing others and sowing blessing, blessing into our lives. I also call this ability to “weep with those who weep” a recipe against discontent.
▪️The flaw of grumbling, discontent, that covers people today, when “everything is wrong, everything is not enough, why is this happening to me, why isn’t it happening this way, am I worse than other people”, etc. is better treated with comparison to those who are in the same place or even worse.
▪️Showing compassion, delving into someone else’s pain, into someone else’s tears, serving those who are suffering, you involuntarily compare everything with your own situation, with your own position, resulting in you beginning to thank God for what you have and not grumbling.
▪️This treats better than any “medicine”: gloom, disappointment, discontent, pity, depression.
▪️Remember the words of Job towards his “friends”: “Look at me and be astonished; put your hand over your mouth” (Job 21:5), look at my state, compare it to yourself. After that, will your tongue be able to say what it was saying before?
? Have a good day and this special ability to “weep with those who weep”, which has a two way benefit: helping someone and sharing in their pain, and at the same time protecting yourself from grumbling. (With prayer, Valeriy Bayko).
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