Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another;
not lagging in diligence,
fervent in spirit,
serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope,
patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer;
distributing to the needs of the saints,
given to hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
and weep with those who weep.
The latest issue of Highlands Ministries' magazine Every Thought Captive is titled, "Man of Constant Sorrow." Therein is found amongst the various articles this quote on suffering well by Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.:
...you learn to suffer well by watching others suffer well. When we weep with those who weep, mourn with those who mourn, we are not merely offering comfort to others, but are receiving instruction from them as well. We can't do this, however, unless we enter in.Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep... To obey is to do both.
If illness makes us uncomfortable, if we refuse to visit His own who are poor or in prison, if we insist on spending our time exclusively in the village of the happy, pleasant people, we will learn precious little... Go where the suffering is and enter in.
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