” Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”
Paul continues with the thought that the end is near for him. He says he’ll rejoice with you if his death comes because of the sacrifice and service of their faith and Philippi. Paul always amazes me with his undying faith in the people that he ministered to. It has a lot to do with the leaders he left behind. He knows that they’re doing a good job and he’s ready to rejoice with them because of their faith.
The next sentence is basically the same thing except it’s talking about them rejoicing and having joy because of Paul’s faith. There is a mutual respect between Paul and the Philippians that we can all take a lesson from.
In our world today it seems like we want to be jealous or envious of people who seem to be blessed more than we are. Maybe they get a financial blessing in the mail and we wonder why God doesn’t bless us at the same way. Maybe they got a healing and we’re suffering through sickness. Whatever the case the Bible is very specific when it says we should rejoice with those that rejoice (Romans 12:15). This is a basic principle and is reflected in the Golden Rule. We should do unto others as we would want them to do unto us (Matthew 7:12).
Did you know that’s a golden rule was not given by Jesus? It was given by God to Moses in Leviticus 19:18. This was not a new teaching by Jesus. This is a rule that had been in effect for over two thousand years. It’s a basic principle and it’s buried in the very heart of the law of Moses.
I hear a lot of people turn this around to say do unto others as they do unto you. This is dead wrong and couldn’t be further from the truth. When we turn it around like this it allows revenge and pay back and judgment and many other things that God does not ask us to take in our own hands.
We must learn to rejoice with those that rejoice. Just like Paul says here he will rejoice with the Philippians and they will rejoice with him. Let us make sure that we are always finding joy when others are blessed.
Lord help me never to take revenge or be envious when someone else is blessed. Help me to rejoice when people receive a blessing and help me not be boastful when I receive a blessing. Keep me as your humble servant so that I may help others to rejoice in their time of rejoicing.