I laughed until I cried many times, literally. Those were good tears. We cry for a variety of reasons. Your emotions can cause you to cry when you’re sad, angry or happy. Men are often told as little boys that “boys don’t cry”. That stigma follows them into manhood which can lead to an unhealthy emotional life. But that’s another story for another day. Sadly, in today’s society women are also discouraged from crying. You are a “Boss” and Bosses are strong, confident, they walk that walk and talk that talk, never letting anyone see them sweat. (or cry) Ladies you can cry if you want to!
“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:21)
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)
God created us, emotions and all. The difficulties of life can trigger a wide range of emotions, but God has equipped us to handle them through Him. I believe crying is one of the tools He equipped us with. We need tears to help us not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. The scripture shows us three times that Jesus wept. It is ok for us to weep, but we don’t stop there. We pray. We trust. We praise. We seek out God’s comfort. We find His promises and claim them, which allows us to walk by faith.
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35)
“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41)
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews 5:7)
“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8)
God expects us to be led by the Spirit and not our emotions. However, because Jesus in human form experienced some of our same emotions, He now stands before God as our advocate. He is the reason that God understands and responds to our tears. When the trials and tribulations of this world bring us to tears, it is in those times we can find strength, solace, and comfort by crying out to God in prayer. He is there to ease our sorrows and help us to deal with pain and suffering.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17)
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelations 21:4)
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
Sometimes, when our hearts are overwhelmed, all we need to do is cry out to God. He sees our tears and He will give us comfort and peace. When we think about the goodness of God and His love for us, we can’t help but cry tears of joy. Love and Blessings…