Sympathy in One Another’s Joys and Sorrows

Elizabeth’s neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they rejoiced with her.” Luke 1:58

We see here a striking example of the kindness we owe to one another. It is written that “they rejoiced with her.” How much more happiness there would be in this evil world, if conduct like this was more common!

Sympathy in one another’s joys and sorrows costs little, and yet is a grace of most mighty power.

Like the oil on the wheels of some large engine, it may seem a trifling and unimportant thing; yet in reality it has an immense influence on the comfort and well working of the whole machine of society.

A kind word of congratulation or consolation is seldom forgotten. The heart that is warmed by good tidings, or chilled by affliction, is peculiarly susceptible, and sympathy to such a heart is often more precious than gold.

Sympathy is one of those ornaments of the Christian character which make it beautiful in the eyes of men.

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

~ J. C. Ryle, “The Gospel of Luke” 1858