It’s Okay to Cry

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Weep with those who weep.” 
Romans 12:15b

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

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“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

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  • Sometimes people just need to know you understand where they are. They need to share their pain and know they are in a safe place. In the midst of his pain and the “advice” of his friends, Job responds in this way, “Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” What does that tell us about how to comfort?
  • Looking back to the story of Lazarus, Jesus knew that he would raise him from the dead. He knew that the sadness of his friends would turn to joy, and yet he wept. He felt their pain and wept. What does this reveal about how our perspective on an event shouldn’t shape our response to those who weep?
  • Pray that the Lord would help you to love in a way that meets the needs of those who weep.

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May the Lord equip you with compassion and love to comfort the way He did.

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Rejoice with those who rejoice.” 
Romans 12:15a

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

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  • Sometimes it’s easy to join others in their happiness, but sometimes it is difficult, even painful to rejoice along with others. It could be a struggle that we are going through, or a painful lesson we’ve learned, maybe a great loss or simple envy. But, no matter what… Romans 12 tells us how we are to react to the joy of others. Write it down.
  • Is there a place where you are finding it difficult to rejoice with others. Confess it now, and ask the Lord to change your heart (Psalm 51:10)
  • Remember no matter how alone you may feel. If you know Jesus, He is with you (Matthew 28:20). He will give you the strength to love the unlovable, he will show you joy in the midst of sorrow, or help you overcome envy.We have a choice each day to share joy with others or exist alone in our own little world. How are you going to choose to live?

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Praying that the joy of the Lord will be your strength today.(Nehemiah 8:10)