About Tears

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Imagine this: God puts our tears in a bottle.
Not only does God put our tears into a bottle, but He keeps them in His book.
Psalm 56:8 says, "Thou tallest my wanderings; put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" Why would God keep our tears, and also a record of our tears? Our tears are very important to God.
He created them for us so that we can express our deep emotions.
There are times when tears are the only expression of emotion we can manage.
There are times in our lives when there are no words, yet the tears flow freely.
God created a special place to put our tears.
This is evidence of the unending compassion of our loving God.
He is acutely aware of our every tear.
He puts them in a bottle, and keeps them there for Himself.
I am awestruck that our God keeps our tears in a bottle.
I am amazed that He keeps them in His book.
I am humbled and excited that my tears are that important to Almighty God.
Words to a song say, "Tears are a language God understands.
" God understands the language of our tears because God created our tears.
With God, there is no reason to explain why we are crying, He already knows and He deeply cares.
God is not immune to tears.
When Lazarus died, Jesus Himself wept, according to John 11:35, which simply states, "Jesus wept.
" He cried even though He knew He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead.
This tells us a great deal about His depth of emotion.
He felt the devastating sense of abandonment we feel when someone we love dies.
Jesus was not immune to the overwhelming emotions that bring tears.
He was not ashamed to cry over the loss of His friend.
Tears are a powerful tool.
God uses them in our lives and there are examples throughout Scripture to show how.
Psalm 126:5 says, "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
" Our tears are necessary to our burden, and to our growth.
That same Psalm goes on to say, in verse 6, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
" Tears show God the depth of our sorrow, desire and need.
When we weep, God listens.
Being brought to the point of tears is good for us.
It gets us out of our comfort zone and directs us to God and His Word.
Anything that directs us to God's Word is a good thing.
God gave us a tremendous gift when He gave us tears.
They clear our head and help us think.
They release pent up emotions during trials and hardship, and during the heights of joy.
They let others around us know how deeply we feel.
After a good cry, we feel better and gain strength to carry on.
They help us rest.
After crying, sleep is often very sweet and more restful.
Tears can have an effect on others, helping them understand how we feel.
That's important when we reach out to bear one another's burdens.
The Apostle Paul, when writing to Timothy from prison, said, in II Timothy 1:4, "Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy.
" Paul knew Timothy was crying over his imprisonment.
He was very aware of how much Timothy wanted to see him and needed him.
The tears were the evidence.
Apparently, Timothy was not afraid to cry, and not afraid to let on about it.
Paul also shed his fair share of tears.
In II Corinthians 2:4, he writes, "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart, I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
" Paul did not want to burden the people in Corinth.
He wanted to commend them for turning their faith around and bring encouragement.
Yet, he cried.
His tears showed them that he cared deeply and that his love and increased toward them.
His tears were not tears of sorrow, but of joy.
How often we shed tears of joy, feeling silly all the while.
We cry at weddings, the birth of our children and grandchildren, at anniversaries, at birthdays and many other joyous occasions.
Tears of joy are just as powerful in our lives as tears of sorrow and anguish.
They help us express things that cannot be put into words, things that might otherwise go unsaid.
We shouldn't feel silly when we cry tears of joy.
Tears of sorrow.
Tears of joy.
Tears of frustration.
Tears of anguish.
Tears of anger.
Tears of despair.
All our tears are a gift from God.
All our tears are put in His bottle and kept in His book.
Not one tear that slips from our eyes goes unseen by our loving Heavenly Father.
Not one time do we cry alone.
Not one time does our Heavenly Father think we are silly when we cry.
He created our tears.
He keeps them close to His heart.
He cares about our tears and the reasons we cry them.
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