When Love is Real - November 12, 2018

In the summer before 8th grade, I made friends with a guy named Larry.  He was new to town, so I encouraged him to go out for our school football team.  It was a good news/bad news scenario.  The good news?   He made the cut.  The bad news?  He won my position.  I tried to be happy for him, but it was tough.

A few weeks into the season Larry fell and broke a finger.  I remember the day he stood at my front door holding up his bandaged hand.  “Looks like you’re going to have to play.”  The passage Paul wrote was a lot easier for him to write than it was for me to practice.  “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).  If you want to plumb the depths of your respect and love for someone, answer this question:  How do you feel when that person succeeds and how do you feel when they struggle?

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