Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 12:15
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15
This verse speaks of the love we should have for one another in the body of Christ. It is important to remember that we, as Christians, are united in one body. “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5. And because we are united in one body, we should have should care for what happens to each other. Paul put the unity of the body this way. “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:12-14.
Note the last part of the verses above, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:14. It is love that is the binding force that unites all Christians together. We should love each other with the love God has for us. Having this love one for another enables two very important things. First as stated above, we will all be in unity. If we are not in unity within the body, then there is a lack of love that exists within the disunity. I have been in this type of environment several times, and when this was the case, God’s work through the body was impeded. We can disagree sometimes, but when a decision is made, the love we have for each other should then work together to make things happen as decided.
And the second enables the world to see what true love is. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 When the world sees the love we have, they will look at us differently than if we are being divisive. It goes a long way in opening the door to successful evangelism.
How can we show love to each other. There are endless ways, but our focus verse points out two. The first is to rejoice with those who rejoice. We should be interested in how our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing. When a great blessing comes their way, we should be as excited for them as they are for themselves. God has provided it to them, and we should be thankful to God for their sake. And we must be careful not to envy them or covet their blessing. Rejoice with them, letting them know we are so happy for them.
And on the other side, we should weep with those that weep. We should join them in their mourning, being with them to help them through this difficult time. We should show true love by walking with people who suffer some type of loss that moves them to weep. It is a difficult thing to mourn alone, and we should love each other to the point we would never leave anyone alone.
Through these two things, rejoicing with the rejoicing, and weeping with the weeping, the body of Christ is greatly strengthened, and the bonds that unite us will grow even stronger. Take whatever time necessary to fulfil these two commands. If we all did this, it would be amazing to see all that God will accomplish through us.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.