If you are a follower of Jesus, your life should have outward marks that reflect your inward convictions. These marks signify that you live your life in a way that imitates Christ.
Rejoicing with those who rejoice is another distinguishing mark of a Christian (Romans 12:15).
Throughout Scripture, God encourages us to celebrate one another. He wants us to look for opportunities to honor others by sharing in their joy.
Here’s one way to say it: “A true friend is someone with whom you can rejoice when their children succeed.” Meaning, there is no competition or jealousy bubbling to the surface of our heart when we see someone else’s kids succeed. Envy is non-existent.
When we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, we’re able to feel pure and authentic joy for others (Acts 13:52). We perceive all gifts to be from God, and we recognize that in His sovereignty, He gives gifts freely to different people at different times.
That’s God’s sole prerogative. And we rejoice when He gives gifts to whom He wills.
One of the best things about joy? It’s infectious. Contagious. Others are drawn to joyful people.
Our light burns brightly for Christ when we live with joy that celebrates others. When we feel as excited for others as they feel for themselves.
When we openly rejoice with others, we reveal ourselves as mature Christians.
And true followers of Jesus.