Rejoice in Others

By Linda Tancs

You may be familiar with the concept of Schadenfreude, a satisfaction derived from someone else’s misfortune. It’s as old as time. The prophet Jeremiah was acutely aware of it, noting that his “friends” were on the watch for any misstep (Jeremiah 20:10). Maybe you’ve experienced it—at home, at work, online. It’s an act of betrayal, and it hurts. Nonetheless, the Lord commands that we love our enemies, do good to those who hate or mistreat us (Luke 6:27-28). Rejoice in others, even when it hurts. God will extend to you the same mercy that you extend to others (Matthew 6:12).

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Are You Willing to Fail?

By Linda Tancs

Failure is perceived as a dirty word. The dictionary defines it as, among other things, a lack of success or adequacy. We use expressions like “failure is not an option.” Failure breeds a “fear of failure,” “paralysis by analysis” and other behaviors. Psychologists respond with advice that we should permit ourselves to fail.

Spiritually speaking, there are many instances where failure should be pursued vigorously. Fail to gossip, slander or judge (James 4:11). Fail to be envious (Galatians 5:26). Fail to be arrogant (Proverbs 8:13). Fail to be vengeful (Luke 6:27-28). Now those are the kinds of failures you can learn to live with.