Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Have you ever had that friend who misquotes Bible verses one after another trying to give you false platitudes for a tough situation?
“…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37)
“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10)
“…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“…for those who love God all things work together for good…” (Rom. 8:28)
None of these verses are bad, of course. The Word of God is completely perfect. But verses are so often taken out of context and sometimes just aren’t helpful when we need someone to say “Man, what you’re going through is really hard, and I’m sorry.”
On the other hand, have you had friends that are like Eeyore or Puddleglum? They’re super sad and bummed out. They say, “It’ll never work”, “Things will never get better”, “This always happens.”
Sometimes, the most helpful thing in times of triumph and tribulation is the ministry of presence. Oftentimes, we know what we need to do, but we just want someone to commiserate or celebrate with us. If we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, emotionally healthy, and emotionally present in our relationships, we can go back and forth between these emotions depending on the situation. A healthy person can and should have a full emotional life and the ability to be emotionally present with other people on their best and worst days.
How can you be more emotionally present in your closest relationships with your spouse, kids, extended family, or friends?
To find the free Romans 12-16 digital study guide for individuals and small groups, hear Pastor Mark’s entire sermon series on Romans, or find a free mountain of Bible teaching visit realfaith.com or download the Real Faith app.