Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
New Sight for 2019
Like every year before it, 2018 was filled with both joy and sadness. This was certainly my experience. And if you are like most people I know, it was yours too. Many of you expressed thankfulness for the stories of redemption we shared last month. As you did share your thankfulness,I started to see Romans 12:15 (above) through a new set of lenses. because as the counseling director I am faced with so much sorrow and brokenness. As believers we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
I regularly see believers wanting to live out their faith in Christ together. We worship together. We sit under the preached Word together. We are in small groups together. We may even pray for one another. But I have noticed something else recently, we don’t always do this well corporately even if we do it well as individuals. In doing so, we forget that Romans was written to a community of believers and the above imperative was given to them communally.
We were created in community because God is the first community, of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is something incredibly real and right about weeping with each other and rejoicing with each other as a community.
Here are My Three Takeaways for 2019
1. I want to share more of my own joys and sorrows with those around me. I often read this verse and think about it from the imperative to me. But think with me for a bit about the imperative to your spouse, friend, roommate, and children. They are also called to weep and rejoice with you. It takes courage to be vulnerable and share your sorrows. And it takes faith to share your joys as you see so much suffering around you. God wants us to do both together.
2. I want to be a person who hears and notices the sorrows and joys of others. I want to cultivate a community of greater transparency and friendship. That starts at home, at work, and at church. I will do this by asking more questions, taking time to listen, and responding in ways that help rather than hinder sharing.
3. I plan to share more with you about what is happening at R:TC. This may include hardships our counselees and counselors are facing. It will include stories of brokenness and joy where we have seen the hand of God touch a person’s life and bring about lasting change. I plan to share a monthly story with you about what God is doing. I hope this helps you to be more involved with R:TC. Please as you hear the stories this year, pray for us and for the people in the stories.
As believers we can anticipate more joy in 2019 because God is so merciful and generous. And we should anticipate more sorrow too, because this world is hard. In faith we can experience both, knowing God will never leave or forsake us. I hope that you and I can experience more of God’s goodness by sharing these sorrows and joys of mercy with others around us. May we live life together and experience our Merciful God together.
Grateful for you,
Biblical Counseling Director for Redemption: Twin Cities