Do you rejoice when you see someone else succeed or receive victories in life? When you see other people blessed, perhaps receive a blessing or special attention that you have longed to receive yourself - are you able to rejoice with them? Does it thrill you to know that other people are moving upward in life? Or does it threaten you and make you sad when you see someone else receiving a blessing you wished could be yours?
In I Corinthians 13:6 it says that
“love does not behave itself unseemly, and love does not think evil or wrong of anyone.”
How you respond to other people’s troubles and blessings reveals a great deal about your true level of spiritual maturity. When someone has wronged you and you find yourself secretly rejoicing at their time of hardship, ask God to forgive you for responding in a way that is contrary to love. Remember that, God’s love never reacts negatively toward those who encounter hardships. His love “does not rejoice when it sees an injustice done to someone.” His love is “overjoyed with truth.”
- Pastor Virgil Amundson