Luke 15:6 (KJV) Be Happy God is Happy

Luke 15:6 (KJV)
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

There are two parables where the subject calls on others to rejoice with them for their success. In the third parable this same rejoicing is had except we are given the account of the older son who refuses to rejoice.

Life is filled with people who, for whatever reason, cannot bring themselves to be happy for the successes of others.

This same can be said in the spiritual world. Some, usually those who see themselves as better than others, refuse or at least find it difficult and unnatural to rejoice

  • When a backslider repents
  • When a lost man is saved
  • When a fallen one gets back up

There are a lot of reasons they may not rejoice in these successes

  • Maybe they feel they ought to have more successes
  • Maybe they don’t trust that the one recovered has truly gotten right
  • Maybe they see their success as competing with their own
  • Maybe they just don’t want them celebrating that someone is, in their eyes, being rewarded for failure

Whichever excuse we might have for not rejoicing in their success I propose a fix. That is to rejoice that God rejoices. If you are unable to rejoice with the one who has been lifted, then rejoice with the one who did the lifting.

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Luke 15:6 (KJV) Be Happy God is Happy

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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