In life there are many reasons for tears. The loss of loved ones. The loss of our job. The loss of our home in a storm. There is no greater reason for tears than for sin. Christ lamented over Jerusalem because of their sins and lack of desire to come to Him. Notice His words in Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
Today, we still weep for similar reasons that Christ wept. Trying to help the faithful remain faithful is a struggle that must be dealt with every day. In like manner, the struggle to restore the unfaithful is one that wears on the heart of man. Both troubles can bring tears to anyone’s eyes.
It is common for a person to weep over their own sins. Perhaps because of the guilt the person feels for committing the sin or perhaps the relief they feel after confessing their sin(s) to the Father. Weeping is not a sign of weakness like so many would have you believe. Shedding tears is often a result of our emotions. Without a doubt, the eternal nature of one’s soul, the temptations and wickedness that war against the soul are sure to cause tears from time to time.
Preachers, not unlike concerned elders and members, sometimes weep for those who have strayed from the faith and those who battle greatly to keep the faith they do possess. Such things as those who will not commit to God as He deserves, or those who will not come out of sin, or those who despise Truth are situations that can wear a person down. They can cause us to wonder about not only the state of an individual or of the local church but the state of the Lord’s church in general.
Let us never become so cold and callused that we do not weep over those who have strayed from the faith. Sometimes it seems what causes an individual to stray is a small matter, in such cases this only makes the situation even more distressing. Let us pray for them, reach out to them and at times we may find ourselves weeping because of them.
Let us never take sin so lightly that we do not weep because of those trapped in its snares (Heb 12:1). Let us pray that our tears will be tears of joy because of righteous decisions and not tears of heartache.