What Jesus Did! 'Rejoice!' — Luke 1:57-58

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When it was time for Elizabeth to give birth, she had a boy. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord (God) was very good to her. They were happy for her.
— Luke 1:57-58 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:57-58 NLT — When it was time for Elizabeth to give birth, she had a boy. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord (God) was very good to her. They were happy for her.

Key Thought

So often today, it seems that those who are not blessed with unexpected joys are jealous, even critical, of those who do receive them. Isn't it wonderful that Elizabeth's neighbors weren't that way? We can follow their lead and rejoice with those who rejoice! Find things in your friends' lives for which you can honestly rejoice. That makes their blessings a source of blessing for you, too!

Today's Prayer

Seems like, dear God and Almighty LORD, that there is so much bad news these days. I don't seem to find the good in the things around me. Give me a heart that rejoices with the blessings of others. Make that joy contagious. I ask for this grace in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:15
  • Philippians 4:4-8
  • Psalm 22:26

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.