• Stephanie Thompson

Does Your Heart Need Fixing?


Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with

those who weep. Romans 12:15

I think one of the most freeing times in my spiritual journey was when I began to wholeheartedly live this verse.

I’m not sure at which point it occurred but somehow, someway through protected prayer, study of the word, and application of God’s principles, a desire to know Him, transformed my heart.

If asked, each of us would probably say we don't have a problem weeping with those who weep, but do we? Deep down is there a little snippet of joy when we think someone gets what they quite possibly deserve? Maybe a person is heartbroken over a situation, and we are saddened but we think, well if you had done this or that you wouldn’t be weeping, even if it is true?

Is that weeping with those who weep?

Do we have a thousand solutions of what they should do to fix the problem instead of listening and then praying? Most of the time people earnestly desire to know someone hears and is attentive to their need, even if a quick solution isn’t possible.

Are we really weeping with those who weep? Or in our elevated sense of us, do we feel the need to correct instead of offer compassion?

Weeping with those who weep flows from a heart of compassion and love. We empathize with others and understand the pain we would feel if we were in the same situation. We become moved to prayer on their behalf instead of frozen in time with a mouth full of solutions.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4

On the other side of the verse is rejoicing. Do we rejoice with others? Honestly, in the flesh we have a hard time being happy for those who are blessed with something we don’t have.

How do we respond when others are blessed? We don’t like the fact that they got a brand new…whatever….and ours is 10 years old. They get an enormous raise or a new house and we do not.

Why are we not happy for the happiness of others?

Unfortunately this little green monster creeps in and his name is jealously and he steals our ability to rejoice with those who are rejoicing.

But through the power of the Holy Spirit we can choose to rejoice. When we are able to rejoice with those who are rejoicing it opens so many doors for us. It allows us the ability to be happy with them, be happy in ourselves, and have all around joy in the one who gave us all. We don't have to worry about jealousy or envy when we are focused on rejoicing.

Rejoicing kills jealousy and envy.

Compassion offers comfort to those who weep.

"As we walk with God, he shows us how to weep & rejoice. Learning to relate to God's heart, we become Christians who relate to one another through gladness and pain. For God weeps and rejoices with us so we in turn can weep and rejoice with each other."

He loves us. He cares for us. He delights in us. We in turn should do that for others.

If you find yourself unable to sincerely weep or rejoice for others, ask God why. Wait on His reply because He will show you. Look humbly and honestly at your heart because it may need fixing, and the only One who can mend it, is Him!

"Trust me, I know, I used to have a broken heart too, but God gave me the gift of weeping & rejoicing!"

He loves us. He cares for us. He delights in us.

We in turn should do that for others.

©Stephanie Thompson

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