Bible Tears

J. D. Conley
July 3, 2016

God created us as emotional creatures, and as such, tears have been our lot in life. God's Word is replete with people who shed tears. Some of the most notable are the tears of Job, Jeremiah, David, Peter, Paul, Timothy, the sinful woman, and of course our Lord at the tomb of His friend Lazarus.

Although these all shed tears, they shed them for different reasons. Nevertheless, each teardrop that fell from the cheeks of those listed above was justifiable.

But do the tears we shed, stream down our face for the right reason? Do our eyes well up with tears over the proper things? Does sin and its horrific consequences cause us to cry? How many tears have you shed over the church, over the world, and its teeming number of lost souls? Far too often, tears are only reserved for funerals or weddings. But where else are they ever shed? Many times people shed tears of self pity. Millions there are who feel sorry for themselves and no one else. What about the orphans and the widows? They are certainly worthy of our tearful prayers. What about those hit with sudden catastrophe? How many tears have we shed over the bloodshed of the millions of innocents unborn? Are our tears ever seen during the solemn observance of the Lord's Supper?

Truly, there are a good many things which should produce tears. But there are many other things that should not. Tears can be shed for the wrong reason, and often are. So let us learn to regulate our tear flow. Let our tears fall for that which is deserving, such as mourning over our sins, (Mt. 5:4). May our tears fall and prayers rise over the church, (2 Cor. 11:28). The masses entering into eternity everyday lost, is certainly something to cry and pray about, (Mt. 7:13-14).

But we must do more than just shed justifiable tears. The Christian is obligated to be proactive in necessitating a change in the world. This change is brought about through the teaching of the Gospel. It, and it alone, can reduce the tears of a sin tom world. If we diligently work toward saving the lost then one glorious day, "God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).  Lets us strive to reach that erternally tearless realm!