Rejoice Together over Our Family’s Happiness (Morning)
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Dina was overjoyed when she heard her younger sister, Rere was accepted into her dream job at the Department of Public Works in Jakarta. She was overjoyed as if she was accepted herself. As the oldest child in her family, she is concerned about her younger siblings’ well-being. She always includes God in every situation. Each time one of her younger siblings has troubles, she always prays for them. God does indeed answer her prayers, one prayer at a time, including her family’s wellbeing.
Sometimes in our family, there are always hard times. Bickering, not talking, misunderstanding, and many others. But that’s how God would reshape our personalities, and by extension, our lives. There are many characters under one roof. Therefore, empathy is a must to prevent disintegration from inside. The easiest way to show our empathy is: rejoice if our family members are happy.
Apostle Paul also emphasized the importance of it: Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Discard those negative emotions inside, such as envy, and greed. If you cannot do it yourself, ask for His help. He will give us strength and enables us. If you could further develop your empathy, your family would become solid, a team to witness God’s glory without equality. It’s time to perpetually have this attitude, not just a burst of lukewarm emotion.
ASK the Holy Spirit to bless us with a joyful heart and REJOICE together with our family.
1. Have you already possessed a joyful heart that rejoices together with your family?
2. In your opinion, how important it is to have empathy for your family members?
3. What are your commitments to apply today’s rhema?
“Father, we are truly grateful for Your everlasting love. Teach us, LORD, so we may apply Your love into our lives. Give us Your kind, gentle and loving heart. A heart that full of empathy and altruism. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
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