Romans 12:15, NKJV: Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

When those closest to us are happy, we are happy—and when they are troubled, so are we, right? Or do we often become envious of the good that comes to others? And do we shrink back when others go through hardships because their pain makes us feel uncomfortable? Are we often guilty of a kind of cold, self-centered quality, we dare not explore too deeply for fear of what it might reveal? These questions alone probably cause a bit of discomfort to many of us. While on one hand, we desire to share in the joys and tears of others in a way that they feel our support; we also fight against a tendency to be far more focused on how another’s life events effect us personally. As the love of Christ matures in us, we will find what we need to truly empathize with others. We must practice pushing away the tendencies to be more concerned about how things effect us, and learn how to rejoice, and to weep with others, without thought of self.