The Power of Tears

Psalms 126:5-6They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Tears. We cry them and mothers dry them. Tears are a powerful thing. They can move those around us to action. They are evidence that our hearts have been affected deeply. Whether deep sorrow, the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, deep wounds, or painful experiences; we have all shed tears for these things.

Tears have the power to sway a person. When we see a child crying, often we reach out to comfort. But when they realize that tears get parents to do their bidding, they flow on command.

There are tears of pain. Tears of sorrow. Tears of loss. Tears of separation. Tears of loneliness. Tears of self-pity. Tears of neglect and abuse. Our tears can represent so many things.

I have had to ask the Lord for help in my ministry regarding tears.

When counseling, tears can express that a heart is broken or touched deeply by what has been said. But I have also come to know that they can be tools of manipulation to sway my thoughts or opinion about something. Tears have been shed to garner help to a struggling addict, but I have also learned that they can be a tool to ultimately get what they want.

Many of us have watched a movie that has evoked a tear to fall down our cheek. The combination of music, situation and that all-important close up of their tears causes us to be drawn in. Hollywood toys with our emotions. They use them to draw us in and take us to a place of extreme emotion.

But with God, tears have power as well.

The tears of Hezekiah brought power to his prayer for healing and saving his life for another fifteen years.

The tears of Esther swayed the king to consider her request that Haman be reckoned with because of the gallows he created.

The Psalms are filled with tears. David was not ashamed to admit his tears over the troubles he faced, the devastation of friends who failed him and over his own sin.

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He wept for his nation.

Here in this passage, God tells us that tears are the seeds to great joy. But he specifies that these tears are over the lost soul of man. How selfish it is for us to take of the free gift of eternal life and not share it with those around us!

God commands each and every one of us to go and tell.

Matthew 28:19-20Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Acts 1:8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

It’s not just that we should go, we must go!

There awaits an eternal fiery hell for anyone who does not trust Christ as Savior. That alone should motivate us to tell our loved ones.

I know that when I meditate on what the Bible describes hell to be, I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to go there.

Mark 9:47-48And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

Matthew 13:49-50So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Revelation 21:8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

I have heard testimony of some who saw the tears of those giving the gospel that compelled them to think very strongly about the gospel they were considering rejecting. It is very hard to deny a tearful plea.

God tells us that our tears, sincere tears, can be the very seeds to gather fruit as we go and tell a lost world the most wonderful story.

I have shed tears over my nation when I meditate on just how far she has gone into the depths of sin and wickedness. Calling right wrong and wrong right. Legislating wickedness and criminalizing Christianity. We say that murdering an unborn child is legal. We are forced to accept what God says in an abomination and find that we are wrong for standing against such things.

Many a tear can be shed for righteous causes today. Many tears are shed for selfish ones as well.

Emotions; strong emotions, deep emotions call us to action.

You and I who are saved, need to allow the reality of hell to grip us to the point where we weep over lost souls.

Galatians 4:18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.”

Consider the things we have cried for. Is it not good and right for us to weep over those who need salvation?

Start with this one thing – take a gospel tract and give it to one person today. Then, take one tomorrow and give that one out. Pretty soon, you will have given out 365 tracts and you will begin to see others in a different light.

It is easy to condemn the lost for their bad choices, bad behavior and bad language. But how much better could they be if they were to find Christ and trust Him as Savior?

Let us who are saved begin to sow seeds that will reap a harvest… it starts with our tears.

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