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It was a short conversation, but one from the heart. In just a few minutes, the tears rolled down her cheeks as emotions rose quickly to the surface.

Our eyes often become the outlet for our hearts.

Tears are a common occurrence in each of our lives, although the reasons may differ. Some cry out of sheer joy and laughter, others from stress, anger, or sadness.

Jesus cried as well, the shortest verse in Scripture tells us, “Then Jesus wept”
(John 11:35).

We are also told Jesus shed tears in prayer (Hebrews 5:7) and was well “acquainted with deepest grief” (Isaiah 53:3). Tears were no stranger to Jesus.

While society may often see tears as weakness, they may well be indicative of a deep strength – compassion:

I strongly repudiate any man who is so haughty as to condemn tears in men. He may think himself brave for not shedding tears. He may deem himself as nobler and superior to others. But facts just do not bear this out! Let me tell you, a dry eye reveals a dry and hard heart. Such a heart has become rebellious, void of feeling, insensitive as wood and stone. Oftentimes, tears betray the true heart condition of a person. It may be said that nothing discloses the inward state of a human heart more than do tears. Let me say from conviction that tears are the outlet of the heart.

(by Watchman Nee, Practical Issues of This Life, page 2)

What may be the purpose of tears?

  1. They may have a cleansing effect. “For the kind of sorrow God want us to experience leads us away from sin and result in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow …” (2 Corinthians 7:10, NLT).
  2. They help to remove hindrances. “In those coming days” says the Lord, “the people of Israel will return home together with the people of Judah. They will come weeping and seeking their God. They will ask the way to Jerusalem and will start back home again. They will bind themselves to the Lord with an eternal covenant that will never be forgotten” (Jeremiah 50:4-5, NLT).
  3. They develop us. “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation”
    (Romans 5:3-4, NLT).

Our tears matter to God as He sees every one. Not one falls to the ground unnoticed …

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8, NLT)

Tears in our darkest times are truly precious to our God.
God has promised to one day wipe every tear.
And I believe He will do that with His very own hand.

 

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