In my quest to “Let love be genuine”, I have focused on Romans 12:15 which states:
“Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.”
This is a deceptively simple verse.
To truly rejoice with someone is to let go of any anger, bitterness, sorrow, envy….anything that hinders me showing and feeling great joy and rejoicing with that person. To truly weep with someone is also about letting go of self. It’s letting go of my pride, selfishness and busyness, and instead embracing compassion. It’s genuine love.
Jesus is the perfect Example to follow because Jesus fully embodies genuine love.
In John chapter 11, Jesus weeps with Mary, Martha and the other Jews, at their brother Lazarus’ tomb. After weeping; He then raises Lazarus from the dead, to the glory of God. Why did Jesus weep? He knew what was about to happen–He knew that Lazarus would soon be alive. Jesus chose to weep with them. We must also choose to weep with others.
There did not seem to be much rejoicing in Jesus’ life here on earth. However, we know that in Heaven, He will rejoice with us.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
(Revelation 21:4-5 ESV)
What is left when there is no mourning, or crying, or pain? Only joy.
Further reading: Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11