THE STANDARD FOR A CHRISTIAN: LEARNING TO ACT RATHER THAN REACT TO OTHER PEOPLE: ROMANS 12:15
charles e whisnant, pastor/teacher, expositor of the word
The test of genuine change is when our attitudes change. This is especially true when we are treated wrongly and our attitudes reflect the character of Christ. Thus Paul’s first command is not easy, but it is one that we need if we want to be like Christ:
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who (NASB:
REJOICE WITH THEM THAT DO REJOICE, AND WEEP WITH THEM THAT WEEP KJV
(Isaiah 66:10-14; Luke 1:58; 15:5-10; Acts 11:23; 1 Corinthians 12:26; 2 Corinthians 2:3; Philippians 2:17,18,28)
And so it is distinctively Christian to rejoice at someone else’s honor, to rejoice at someone else’s joy. And then he says in verse 15, “Weep with them that weep.” It is also distinctively Christian to be sympathetic, not indifferent. The world is becoming more and more callous, more and more indifferent. By the way, the word “weep” there is an interesting word in the Greek. It’s the word klaiō, and it means “to shed tears.” To shed tears – it’s a strong word. It’s the evidence of the Christian sympathy. MacArthur
BENEFIT OF SYMPATHY… FELLOWSHIP OF JOY, HUMAN SYMPATHY, THE CHRISTIAN’S JOY AND GRIEF, THE DEMANDS OF CHRISTIANS, THE CHRISTIAN’S DUTY TO HIS FELLOW MEN.
It seems it is easier to cry with others than to rejoice with others. Why is that? Everyone has the same problem!!! Self. Self always looks out for self. Self says I am more important and desire more than others.
Many times when some fellow Christians receives a blessing, or reaction is the worst: And we can pity better than be happy over success.
Its a very exceptional person who genuinely rejoices at another’s success.
Some can show sympathy and happiness and not really feel it themselves.
Paul is saying we must not even feel negatively toward a Christian brother.
Christians are to positivity to “rejoice with those who rejoice.”
The only way Romans 12:9 to 21 can ever be accomplished is by the word of the Holy Spirit.
How does the Holy Spirit do this? It is called the glory of Christian salvation.
How? The Holy Spirit deals with all that is involved with the self problem by means of the New Birth and the New Nature.
There is a need for some Christians to have a “stint” place in their body so to open up their heart to the Word of God in their lives..
Why are we to rejoice and weep with other brethren? First Corinthians 12:26, Romans 14:7 and Acts 12:5. Second Corinthians 11:27-29
There is no greater and complete test of our profession of faith as a Christian than this to fell with other Christians.
Rejoice (5463) (chairo) means to be “cheer” full, calmly happy or well-off. Implies and imparts joy. Chairo is used in a whole range of situations in which the emotion of joy is evoked.
To be in a state of happiness and well being (often independent of what is happening when the Source is the Spirit!). Means to enjoy a state of gladness, to be delighted.
happiest of all devices to perpetuate and extend human enjoyments.
Zodhiates – The word (5485) is related to (5463), to rejoice, and (5479), joy, delight, the result of the activity of the grace of God in man.
Predominant in the usage of rejoice is the focus on rejoicing over the redemptive deeds of God that come to fruition in the gospel in the person of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. A general feeling of delight and well-being is noted, for example, in Luke 23: 8; John 3:29; Romans 12:15.
Delight in God’s goodness to his people is noted (Acts 11:23; Romans 16:19; 2Corinthian. 7: 7), as is joy in the faithfulness of believers (Colossians. 2: 5; 1Thess. 3: 9; 2John. 1: 4; 3 John . 1: 3).