Friday, April 3, 2015

Rejoice with others

~Friday for Friends~

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15 (NIV)

I think most people would agree that a friend should be understanding in times of trouble. It's important to us that when we feel down there's someone to hold out a hand.

But there's another aspect of being friends, which can, at times, seem much harder to do.

Rejoicing. However absurd it might sound at first, when we dig deep it IS pretty hard to rejoice at times. Your friend blissfully shares about his trip to Egypt while you recount the days you spent sitting in front of a TV. He gets an "A" in a test you know you studied harder for. She wins that contest that you secretly hoped to place in.

Yes, it's hard sometimes to rejoice when others seem to get it much easier than you do. But it's worth it. Smile and say it's awesome she had such a good time. Give a high five when he gets that "A". And maybe later come up and share how you're feeling.

As friends, you can share both the joys and the pains.

How about you? When was a time you found it hard to rejoice? How did the situation go?


  1. What a great post! I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I wanted to swing by and check out your blog and I must say I think your blog is great! I hope you have a beautiful weekend.


    1. Thanks Stephanie! I hope you have a great Easter weekend also. God bless!

  2. This is definitely an important part of friendship. My motto is always "fake it till you make it". At first I don't always feel happy when my friends succeed in areas that I'm struggling in, but if I force myself to say that I'm happy I often find that I end up feeling happy.

    Thanks for commenting over at SOI!

    1. Yeah, sometimes it's really hard. :) I'm glad you end up feeling happy for the friend(s). Blessings!