Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. (Oscar Wilde, 19th century Irish poet and playwright)

Think about it! Most of us will genuinely sorrow with a friend who is suffering. That’s what friends do. We want to encourage and help them in times of trouble or grief. But Wilde raises an interesting question. Are we as helpful and encouraging when a friend enjoys success, especially in areas where we may not have done so well?

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15)