When others are happy, be happy with them.
(Romans 12:15 CEV)
A few weeks years ago, a good friend stopped by our house to pay us a visit. It was her first time visiting, so she couldn’t stop complimenting us on how lovely our house is. She expressed how happy she was for us and told us that a Jewish friend of hers had told her that when you’re happy for someone and hold no envy or jealousy in your heart for what they have, you say, “Mazel Tov.”
In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul expressed a similar outlook. He told his readers that “When others are happy, be happy with them.” People can tell when we’re really happy for them. It shows in the way that we speak and act toward them. And if we’re jealous or envious, it will also show through our words and actions. Is it possible to be genuinely happy for others? I believe that a contented person can be happy for other people and truly share in their happiness. So when our heart doesn’t hold any hint of jealousy or envy for what others have, we can wish them well and mean it.
A contented person can be genuinely happy for others.