Scripture Reading: Luke 6:20-49
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Weeping is easier in some ways because weeping people could use some help. Rejoicing is tough to identify with, rejoicers typically don’t need anything.
Be of the same mind—not forcing your emotions on people, but finding out where they are and matching that. Joining in a common bond. High things—ambitions, lofty attainments—money, power, prestige, these make you selfish.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance
Season—an appointed time. Purpose—delight, pleasure, pleasant, acceptable.
1--Pharisees wanted fasting and sorrow while Bridegroom was here. Pharisees get timing of emotions wrong.
2--If your religious emotion is all happiness or all sadness, you’re doing it wrong!
3--Jesus wept. Sorrow and depression are not necessarily wrong.
4--If there is rejoicing when a sinner repents, what is there when one doesn’t?
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
It’s not a good thing if you have all you desire and have happy feelings all the time. Full—of worldly goods and food. Laugh—are of a light and trifling spirit.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2—sin should cause mourning
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Paul has heard about the sin of guys fornicating with their step-mothers. No one in Corinth reported this in their questions to him! Corinth viewed their sin as something to be proud of; Paul views it as something to mourn over.
2 Corinthians 2:4—Paul weeps over their sin
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
2 Corinthians 12:21
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Romans 1:32--Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Instead of remorse, they rejoice in sin, which encourages further pursuit of sin.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Afflicted—endure misery. Repent with sorrow rather than continuing to laughingly sin. Heaviness—downcast, lowering of the eyes.