“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”  (1 Peter 3:8, NIV)

Whether in the human family into which we were born, or the spiritual family of God into which we both chose and were chosen; success for the Christian disciple depends on: (2) Being sympathetic with others.

Simply put: When we rejoice when others are rejoicing; or when we weep when others are weeping, we are expressing sympathy.  Few are compelled to “come alongside” another person in their circumstance when the object of our sympathy is going another way or needing more attention than we are willing to give.

Sharing both the highs and lows of life with our Christian brothers and sisters is not only expected of us, it is essential to our effectiveness as the body of Christ.  Walking a mile with another opens the door to like-mindedness.  – Luther

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