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)

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