It is sometimes very difficult to show emotions. Sometimes we think that tears are a sign of weakness. The scriptures show that there are some circumstances that call for grief.
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 This situation is so grievous that the prophet wished he could shed buckets of tears.
Lamentations 2:11 The prophet said that all the suffering around him, made him cry so much he couldn’t see.
Luke 19:41-44 Instead of a great triumph Jesus lamented over what was coming for the people.
Acts 20:17-19, 31 He served the people of Ephesus with tears. He was deeply evolved with them and with the Word.
- Love For God
John 4:34 The love for God was like food for Jesus.
Gal. 1:10 Paul served to please God.
- Love of Truth
Jer. 14:13-18 Jeremiah had to give a message no one wanted to hear.
Phil. 3:17-19 Paul preached against people who were teaching falsehood and taking people away from Christ.
- Love of Others
Jer. 13:17 The thought that the nation had been taken away was very difficult for Jeremiah.
John 11:35 Jesus wept for the sadness of those around him.
Rom. 9:1-3 Paul had great sorrow for those who don’t accept the truth of the messiah.
2 Cor. 12:19-21 Paul says that crying is humbling and he is wiling to accept this to preach the good news.
We need to have a deep love for God and the humility to serve others with love.
Matt. 5:4 We will be comforted by God.
—Robert Lee, 7-17-05, p.m.