Living in Harmony not in Pride

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

Romans 12 is a chapter that gives instructions on how redeemed people in-Christ behave.  I love Paul’s reason for us righteous people to live righteously: it’s not because we are afraid of God’s discipline but we act righteously because of all HE has done for us (Romans 12:1).  The present verse posted is all about living in harmony with other people.  Righteous people in-Christ don’t elevate themselves from others because we know that what we have is out of God’s grace, a gift freely given from the love of Jesus Christ.  As verse 3 points out: “Don’t think you are better than you really are.”  Can Joseph (son of Jacob) boast that he ruled Egypt on his own merit?  Can Solomon boast about earning his wisdom from his own studies? Can Paul boast about his knowledge of God’s grace? No, no, and no! All the real blessings come from The Lord and only from The Lord.  So I would like to end by stating the next verse: (Romans 12:16)  Live in harmony with each other.  Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.  And don’t think you know it all!