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Daily Bible Verse - 1/19/2008 - Romans 12:15-16

NIV Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
KJV Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
NASB Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Romans 12:15-16

Our tendency is to be jealous when others rejoice, and to pass by when they mourn. God's way is to enter into the joys and sorrows of those around us.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ro 12:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Did you know?
In no way should you be conceited, or in any respect consider yourself better than fellow believers. Instead, God wants you to accept and embrace every member of the body of Christ: "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Phil. 2:4).

MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : A daily touch of God's grace (226). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Daily Bible Verse - 1/18/2008 - James 5:13

NIV Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
KJV Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
NASB Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
James 5:13

In every circumstance of life, we should go to the Lord in prayer. When in trouble, we should approach Him with earnest entreaties. In times of rejoicing, we should lift our hearts to Him in praise.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Jas 5:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Did you know?
Tradition ascribes great piety to James, whose nickname was "camel-knees," because of the calluses on his knees caused from spending so much time in prayer. James's commitment to the practical expression of a true faith in Christ is clearly seen in the way of life taught in the book that carries his name.

Richards, L. (1999). Every man in the Bible (212). Nashville: T. Nelson.