Tears shed over loved ones who lack spiritual discernment, who have chosen the things of this world over their relationship with the Lord, who follow after teachers instead of reading the Scriptures on their own to find out what God says in His Word and who hold you in contempt because you do have spiritual discernment and choose the Lord over the things of the world and rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit to teach you the truths held within God’s Written Word… are not tears shed in vain.
There are tears shed, bidden by godly sorrow, for your own sins.
There are tears shed, unbidden by godly sorrow, for the sins of others.
I know. I cry daily for my own shortcomings, and for my children and grandchildren, because I see where they are headed if they do not change their ways. Daily is not an exaggeration; it is a fact, and one that I have no control over…the tears flow and so I release them to the Lord, for they contain fragments of my heart. I am mocked, derided, looked down upon, criticized and treated as a cast off because Jesus Christ is the center of my life. I have words of wisdom to share, but they are not wanted. If I hold my peace, I am scorned for being silent and accused of being angry or irritated. I feel like the Psalmist, David: Psalm 86:3 “Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto Thee daily.”
I am denounced because I stand with Israel. I am railed against because I see and speak out about the tyrannical and ungodly policies of our government. And yet, this is my calling. I cannot hold my peace when truth needs to be told. I must speak. Though tears do not comfort, I find comfort in this: Psalm 56:8 “…put Thou my tears into Thy bottle: are they not in Thy book?”