Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice

This command is found in the Bible in Romans 12. One would think that this would be a natural response for us all – to rejoice with someone who received a blessing. I got to do this twice this month – the first time with a couple who got married and the other time with a single mother of four who now has her own home. I am thrilled for these two families. I have walked with them during some difficult times, and they have been with me through some tough stuff also. I know the road that led to these blessings. Those roads had a lot of potholes, so I rejoice even more with them.

What prohibits us from rejoicing with those who rejoice? Jealousy. A sense of entitlement. Asking why someone else got blessed instead of me. You will be a miserable person as long as you have that attitude and mindset.

I remember being jealous over people who ministered in larger churches, people who had larger houses, newer vehicles, nicer clothes, etc. Many people have all these things and are still empty inside. For some of them, the big that they have isn’t big enough. I came to a point that I realized that with bigger things comes bigger responsibility. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sometimes it is. Our attitude and perspective has a lot to do with it.

Are you miserable today? Does everything in your life feel like doom and gloom? It’s time for a change of mind and heart. It’s time for you to realize how blessed you are. So what if you don’t have what someone else has? If you have the necessities of life, you are blessed. Most importantly, if you have a relationship with Christ, you are most blessed. You get a taste of Heaven here and the fullness of it throughout eternity. Choose to rejoice!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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