When I observed few godly people in the Bible, I saw a very common trait- They had such a delicate heart that they could easily break into tears. In this post, let me show you two of the strong personalities yet soft at heart.
Originally published in the August edition of eGNITE, an e-magazine by Zeno Ben Sunny. Here is the link to download the e-magazine. http://zenowrites.com/egnite-aug2016/ Also check out his blog ZenoWrites.com. He is a blessed writer who writes to inspire others to find their purpose and meaning in life.
Jesus was one of them
The first example which I can give you is Jesus Christ Himself. He is often called as ‘the Rock’. (I Cor 10:4) He was a strong man, but His heart was so delicate that He broke into tears on certain occasions. Let me show you two instances where Jesus wept.
Jesus weeps over Jerusalem
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19: 41-44
Why did Jesus cry?
Since Jesus was a prophet, he could visualize what was going to happen to Jerusalem, in the near future. A great destruction was going to come upon Jerusalem. Jesus wanted to help them, but they did not recognize the time of God’s coming upon them.
There are lot of prophetic insights hidden in these verses, but my focus here is on the heart of Jesus which was so gentle and delicate that he broke into tears. The Holy Spirit (the Author of the Bible) recorded it in the gospel of Luke!
I found something interesting here – A person having a pure heart weeps easily (but not vice-versa), but a hard-heartened person remains hard! Jesus had a humble and pure heart.
Now wonder Jesus had a compassion for the suffering, poor and the mourning.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matt 5:4
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matt 5: 8
Jesus weeps with compassion
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” John 11:33-36
Jesus knew what he was going to do (i.e., to raise Lazarus back from dead), but still He was moved with compassion for those sorrowful sisters and wept along with them.
Jesus is full of compassion and love towards us. He exactly knows how we feel. He can easily relate to whatever situation we are in.
Next personality is Peter
The next person, I want to highlight is Peter. The name Peter means ‘rock’. (Matt 16:18) Jesus named him Peter. Peter also had a delicate heart.
Peter bursts into tears
Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Matt 26: 74-75
Peter never intended to deny Jesus. He was so committed and loved Jesus so much that he even promised to die along with Him. But at that very moment, when Jesus was arrested, he was so helpless. He even forgot the very warning of Jesus that he would betray Him thrice. He was so nervous and fearful, that he did something which he never thought would do. Peter denied Jesus three times.
Suddenly Peter remembered the word which Jesus spoke the previous night. He quickly went outside and wept bitterly. (Wept bitterly mean cried out of severe grief, anguish and disappointment)
Do you see the kind of heart Peter had? He wept bitterly, feeling sorry for what he has done. Jesus saw his weeping, repentant heart and forgave him.
Do we also feel sorry for our mistakes or are we quick to justify them? A pure heart easily repents and weeps over it, and would never want to repeat it. Let God create such a delicate heart in us! True tears of repentance can touch the heart of God. God forgives us.
Weeping for the right reason is needed
When you weep even over the little things, which matters to God, it touches the heart of God, and you will become more pure like God. Crying in the presence of God, is a great experience. It is to be sincerely desired. (I am not talking about crying over silly things)
Sometimes weeping can also be out of the immense joy which comes from above.
Jesus commands us to weep!
“Weep for yourselves and for your children”
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. Luke 23: 27-28
Yes, it is high time to weep, but for the right reason!
Repent and weep for yourselves. Get right with God and weep concerning things which matters to God. God is concerned about you and your children. If you sincerely repent and weep, God will have compassion and be merciful to forgive your sins.
Weep for your children foreseeing their future, so that your prayers filled with tears will protect them. Remember Hannah, who prayed with tears for her child, and he became the man whom God used in his generation to bring His people back to God.
Praying with tears is something special. Even Jesus practiced it.
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.
Who knows! Your tears could do bring great results to you as well as your children! May God help us to explore the secret of weeping! The joy and happiness which follows weeping in the presence of God, is truly amazing.
Also let me encourage you, that your tears will never go in vain. God will answer your prayers.
Now, it’s your turn
What’s your experience with weeping? Does it bring positive outcome? How often do you weep? When was the last time you cried? And what was it for? I would love to hear your views on this!