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happy, weep, harmony

photo and graphic: Martha G. Brady

Being happy is something we all enjoy. Often, we relish the joy of it. We love knowing all is well. Maybe something has gone especially well or a great life event has happened. But there are times, when I am full of joy, that I really don’t want to have to descend into the sadness of another person. I may even resent it.

Evidently, part of living in harmony with each other involves being happy with those who are happy, no matter how my life is going. Then weeping with those who weep. It’s not our job to make the grieving happy or to bring down the happy into our gloom. It deepens us to share in the grief of another, to suffer alongside them instead of trying to make them happy or minimize their pain.

It's not our job to make the grieving happy or bring down the happy into our gloom. Click To Tweet

Live in harmony with each other by being in tune with them

Somehow, this is all part of the way the community of Believers functions. Blessing those who persecute me; Praying that GOD will bless them; Being happy with the joys of others and joining them in their sadnesses.

It deepens me to share in the grief of another…to suffer with them instead of trying to make them happy. Click To Tweet

Along with that is to enjoy ordinary people without thinking I know it all!  Does that sound different from the US church? In many pockets, yes. In many places, we want stars to align ourselves with. But the teaching here is to look for ordinary people. Hmmm.      stop

What advice could be better or more practical?

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them;
pray that God will bless them.
 
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

Live in harmony with each other.
Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.
And don’t think you know it all!

Romans 12:14-16 NLT

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