The Word of God teaches us how to live good, righteous, and content lives. All we need to do is to honor and to obey His Word.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Rom 12:15 NIV) Be considerate of and sympathetic to other peoples’ feelings and life experiences. In this way we minister God’s love to them.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Cor 12:26 NKJV) We should rejoice with those who rejoice and sorrow with those who grieve, since we are all a part of the family of God.
Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. (Heb 13:3 CEB) The Lord wants us to be benevolent and gentle with other peoples’ feelings and life experiences. He wants us to respond to peoples’ needs as if we have been in exactly the same spot that they are in.
Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me. (Phil 2:17-18 NKJV) The writer of Philippians, who is allowing his own life to resemble a drink offering unto the Lord, reminds his cherished readers to be glad and to rejoice with him.
This is the right way to respond to all who are members of the family of faith–the family of God.