Rejoice… Romans 12:15

The Bible says in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” We mourn with the families of those who have lost loved ones, rejoice over those who are in recovery and continue to fight for those in the midst of the battle! The battle with Covid-19 is a critical battle that is not yet over; therefore, let us not grow weary, but let us rise by His spirit and continue to fight harder than ever for the obliteration of this deadly virus and the complete healing of those in the midst of the battle for their lives. Let us continue to stand on the promise believing, “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the Fowler and from the perilous pestilence (Covid-19)” Psalm 91:3.

The account in Luke 17 tells us that Jesus healed ten men with leprosy. Lepers were social outcasts in Bible times, and were forbidden from intermingling with others in society (similar to those fighting Covid today) Considered “unclean” they were rejected by others. Perhaps, that feeling of rejection crept into their hearts so much that they didn’t feel free to approach Jesus personally – instead, they called for His mercy from afar:

“As Jesus went to Jerusalem, …They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”” (Luke 17:11-13) What’s great about Jesus is that He didn’t reject them. Instead, He took notice of them, responded to their plea and healed them.

However, of the ten lepers Jesus healed, only one came back to thank him. Think about it. All ten lepers were healed, but only one returned to glorify God and fall down to worship Him in gratitude. Interestingly, that person wasn’t even a part of God’s people. Perhaps he valued God’s goodness and grace more than God’s own people did.

“Jesus said, “Were not the ten cleansed? Where are the nine?”

Let’s ask ourselves. As Christians do we really thank God for what He has done? Do we really understand and value the significance of what He has done and is continually doing for us in our lives?

In spite of Covid-19 and all the upheaval around us, let’s join with the one leper who rejoiced and humbled himself at the feet of Jesus. Today let’s rejoice loudly for our Savior, in His mercy, in His love, in His promises, in the healings, in His miraculous glory today and every day! Let’s praise His glorious name!