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Be of the Same Mind

One of the common themes found in the New Testament is the care and concern shown between brethren. In Rom. 12:15-16, we are told, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another...” (Rom. 12:15-16 KJV). This text encourages us to be present with others in moments of both joy and sorrow. The Bible does not speak of the family of God as only spending time with one another on Wednesday night and the morning of the Lord's Day.

Luke 1:57-58 describes how the neighbors and cousins of Elizabeth came to rejoice with her. They were overjoyed at the birth of John, who was the son of Zecharias and Elizabeth. Following the establishment of the church of Christ, the apostle Paul wrote of a brother in the faith who had been sick, almost to the point of death (Phil. 2:25-27). After he recovered, Paul sent the man to the Philippians so that they would be able to rejoice together with him in his recovery (Phil. 2:28).

In situations of sorrow, we can read of people being with others who are weeping. It is well-known that Jesus weeps in John 11:35. Outside of this verse, we also learn of the tears of Mary and the Jews (John 11:32-33). During this event, we observe not only examples of weeping in times of death, but also of how people came together to comfort one another in moments of hardship (John 11:19).

Even so, there are times when we are physically unable to be with those who need us. In these situations, we can show ourselves as being of the same mind as others by our actions toward them. It doesn't take a lot to do so either. Perhaps we could simply ask someone if they would like to have a meal on Saturday. Such a time would be an easy way to get to know someone better. Maybe we could make a phone call to a member, and tell her how much we missed her last week at the assembly. If we prefer to present our thoughts on paper, we could write to those who have been discouraged. This may help them see how valuable their presence is to the congregation.

Any of these actions would indicate to others that we think and care about them. Furthermore, such things may even encourage ourselves. We could think of all the times that Christians ate meals together in the first century. We would know that we are following the example of those who comforted others. Moreover, we would be like the apostle Paul in writing letters to fellow saints. Who knows what could happen?

Over time, we would rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with them who weep, and thereby be of the same mind with them. May we pray that we will grow in our relationships with one another by doing such things.