September 8, 2019 by SLIMJIM
This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be ready to weep with those who weep.
This passage stood out to me. Hear Romans 12:15: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” That second half really spoke to me. Weep with those weep. Its a call to love and be compassionate and care. To care is not easy but we are called to care to the point we are weeping with those weeping.
Do you know anyone who is weeping in your church? If you do already know, reach out to him or her. Reach out with a listening ear; reach out ready with tissues ready for your running nose and tears.
Maybe there’s not someone you readily can identify who is going through struggles in his or her life and are quietly weeping. Pray for God to guide you this Sunday to someone who is. Keep an eye and ear out. Ask questions. You be surprise at how many people in the Church are going through things; things you don’t even know about until you ask how are you.
Some might think it is unmanly to cry. Yet our Savior Jesus cried. I’ve been around a lot of men in the military and ministry. Can I tell you a secret? I’ve seen men cry more in the military and ministry than anywhere else. I’m talking about manly men and tough guys. It’s not unmanly cry. It’s godly and man-like to weep with others who are hurting and weeping. God has given you eyes. Eyes to see. To look around you and notice those who are hurting in the church. He’s also given you tears. Tears to wash your eyes, yes. But sometimes what you see others go through you wash your eyes, not to forget but to bathe your prayers with sincerity towards God.
Does weeping with those weep remain applicable towards those who are not Christians (or are not yet Christians)? While the verse in Romans 12:15 contextually is referring to weeping with believers, I still think the answer is “Yes!” Sometimes the seeds we plant of God’s Word about the Good News of Jesus Christ is watered by our tears before God causes it to grow.