There is a Season

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. –Romans 12:15

One of the important characteristics of a servant of God is to have the ability to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Sometimes we let envy get in the way of rejoicing in other people’s success. Are you the type of person who can put your own emotions and troubles aside in order to get into the feelings of your friends who need you? Jesus had the ability to celebrate with friends at a wedding party and mourn with those at the death of a loved one.

Life tends to go in circles. We must learn the meaning of these words taken from the book of Ecclesiastes:

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die,

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted…

A time to weep, And a time to laugh.

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing…

A time to keep silence, And a time to speak,

A time to love, And a time to hate:

A time of war, And a time of peace.
–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)

When you learn this truth, you’ll learn one of the most important lessons of life: to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

1. What season of life described in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 have you experienced? Who was there to help you celebrate or mourn during these seasons?

2. Do you have the ability to come alongside people who are mourning and mourn with them? What steps can you take to make this characteristic a stronger part of your life?

Ecclesiastes 8: 6; Amos 5:13

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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