Why We Must Weep

Why We Must Weep

When we find ourselves in sin, the way back to unity with God is through acknowledging our wrongdoing, weeping in godly sorrow, and turning back to Him.

why we must weep

We often times seem to be okay with our sin.  We overlook the severity of it and continue on with our lives, hoping the feelings of shame and guilt will go away.  Sometimes, we even look at our next good deed as enough to cover for the sin we are living in as we shy away from true repentance.

The Bible tells us that our sin is an offense to God, yet our response to our sin is often one of disregard or acceptance.  We casually go about our busy lives, too afraid and guilt-ridden to approach the God who has died for our forgiveness and the redemption of our soul and body.

Acknowledge Our Sin

Often times, we as Christians focus solely on the goodness of God. And while we should meditate on His goodness, it benefits us also to acknowledge our sin.

The common trait we as humans share is our sinful nature. When we acknowledge that we are sinners, though, we can put sin in its rightful place at the foot of the cross. Hiding behind our shame and guilt no longer has to be a part of our identity. We can now live in freedom, admit our sin before God, and obtain His loving mercy.

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.  Proverbs 28:13

The world may consider the admission of shortcomings a weakness.  But God, through our faults, reveals His very strength. His forgiveness and justification of us as His children are magnified when we are at our lowest.

Weep Over Our Sin

After acknowledging our sin, godly sorrow leads us to stop and weep over our sin, knowing our actions have dishonored the Creator of our being. He is the Creator who knows the numbers of hairs on our head, the One who knows our thoughts before we know them ourselves. Our sinfulness grieves His heart.

God cares deeply for us. As a result, He, like a good parent, must be just in His dealing with sin and wrongdoing in our lives. He knows the pain our sin will ultimately cause us and, instead, wants us to experience the joy and peace a life lived in His righteousness brings.

God doesn’t take sin lightly, and neither should we. He hates our sin because it is contrary to His holiness and, most of all, it separates us from Him.  For Him to overlook our sin would render Him to be unjust and unholy. He cannot act against His own nature. However, God loves His people and does not ever leave us where we are.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.  Psalm 5:4

The Hope

Thankfully, God has called us out of darkness into marvelous light through His Son. Our lives are no longer defined by darkness, but rather by walking in the light of Christ, which cleanses us of our sin. But we must receive this gift through repentance.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1 John 1:5-8

We do not weep and grieve out of guilt; we do so because our sin separates us from God. He created us to be in union with Him, yet when we sin, we fracture this union.

Some may see weeping and grieving over our sin as dwelling on what we hate and what is unrighteous. However, when we meditate on what God hates while focusing on the promise of His hope, weeping draws us closer to Him and further shapes us into His image.

Repent Of Our Sin

How we view God will determine how we see our sin. We miss the depth of who He is if we see Him only as a good, moral figure to follow. If we view Him, though, as the holy, just, and righteous Creator who commands glory and praise from His created, our sin will lead us to genuine repentance.

If we see our sin how God views it, we have no choice but to hate it and turn from it. In our repentance, we receive salvation, and God bridges the divide between Him and us.

Hope is lost in worldly grief. Hope is restored in godly sorrow.

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10

Our repentance leads to life as God intended it to be before the fall of humanity. It brings us back into unity with the Father.

There is redemption and life if we acknowledge it with truth, weep over it with godly sorrow, and repent with hope.

THE GREATEST GIFT TO THE ANGELS

This must have also been an exciting time for the angels. It is at this time that we see the greatest amount of angelic activity. The Angel was visiting Mary and Joseph, as well as appearing to the shepherds. What a wonderful gift to the angels to know that they would be used to announce the good news of Jesus birth.Luke 1:38 Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants. May everything you said come true.” And then the angel disappeared.Luke 2:10-11 the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem!The angels sang that hope had come. Imagine being used to announce that Jesus was on earth!

Jesus Became One of Us

Part of what it means to be a Christian is to believe the unbelievable: that the historical human person, Jesus, who was born in a stable in a backwater village outside of Jerusalem some two thousand years ago, was actually God in the flesh. This inconceivable proposition, the incarnation,1 means that, beginning at his birth, the human baby named Jesus was “fully God and fully man in one person, and will be so forever.”2 God became man—forever. That infant in the cradle was Immanuel, God with us!

Paul expressed the incarnation in this way: “In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9). Think of that! Jesus wasn’t just some special appearance of God, a theophany. Nor was he merely a misunderstood teacher of love who ended up getting crucified. He was God in the flesh—immortal; invisible spirit clothed with human hair, skin and blood; and supported by muscle and bone. In his humiliation, God had to breathe, eat, drink, and sleep. When cut he bled. He longed for companionship and truly suffered when his friends deserted him. He is one of our kind, and as we “share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things” (Heb. 2:14).

To this day he remains one of us. This truth is the “foundation for all our comfort” forever.3 The incarnation brings unceasing hope and an end to our exile, wandering, and despair. There is great comfort for our souls in the truth that he is just like us. Here’s why: the incarnation tells us that even though we sin, we are not alone; even though we’re weak and finite, he knows what weakness and mortality are because he was weak and mortal just like us; and even though we continually fail he has committed himself to be part of a race of failures—and he has done so forever. He does not use our flesh merely as an impersonal dwelling place, like some seedy motel room he can’t wait to vacate; rather, he assumes our nature completely and will be the God-man forever, throughout eternity!

He Is One of Us

The incarnation sets Christianity apart from every other religion. The thought that God would become man is simply without parallel in any other faith. In no other religion does a god do anything more than tell his subjects what to do to become like him, earn his favor, or give instruction on how, if they’re lucky, they might avoid ticking him off. In no other religion does a creator god become weak and an indistinguishable part of his creation.

In the incarnation, God became so completely one of us that the people who lived with him didn’t notice anything special about him; Jesus’s deity was perfectly veiled in human flesh. In fact, when he went to his own village, Nazareth, “the people who had known him for many years did not receive him.”4“Is not this the carpenter’s son?” they asked. “Is not his mother called Mary?” (Matt. 13:55). Even his own family didn’t know he was the incarnate one. Think of this: “Not even his brothers believed in him” (John 7:5).

What did Jesus look like? A regular Joe. His form was just like ours. Put this book down for a moment and look across the room at someone. That’s how ordinary he looked. Or, better yet, look at yourself in a mirror. He looked just like you! He had eyes, pores, hair, and teeth. If you’d seen him, you wouldn’t have thought he was anything special. He didn’t have any sort of magnetism that would make you take a second look. He looked like any twenty- or thirty-something carpenter on any construction job.

His complete identification with us shouldn’t have taken his contemporaries by surprise, because seven hundred years before his birth the prophet Isaiah spoke of how normal the Messiah would appear: “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isa. 53:2). He willingly took a servant’s form and was born in the likeness of men. He was fully human (Phil. 2:7–8).

What was baby Jesus like? Did he have some sort of radioactive glow about him? Maybe a little halo or cherubs floating around his head? No. He looked like any Middle Eastern infant, wrapped in rags and nursing at his mother’s breast. And contrary to the sweet carol “Away in the Manger,” he did cry when awakened by the cattle’s lowing. He cried just like us.

Unlike ancient mythological gods, Jesus was no naughty demigod stripped of his superpowers and banished to earth as punishment. Jesus isn’t Thor. No, God the Son freely volunteered to become one of us and to forever take to his person all that it meant to be human. “Though he was rich, yet for your sake he [voluntarily] became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). The incarnation isn’t a punishment on the Son; it is an act of his love, a “voluntary humiliation.”5 He gladly “made himself nothing” (Phil. 2:7 NIV). He who had everything, who was Lord of all, God Most High, creator, became a poor servant—your servant—out of love for you, his beloved. He came to serve you and win you with his love. He became one of our own so that we could be his own.

Forgive and be set free

Lalela….We’ve all been hurt by another person at some point or another…we were treated badly, trust was broken, hearts were hurt. And while this pain is normal, sometimes that pain lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over, letting them live rent-free in our head and we have a hard time letting go. Resentments are a waste of perfect happiness, it causes us to miss out on the beauty of life as it happens. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.

No need to worry

Matthew 21:28; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Worry is absolutely ineffective, unproductive, and a total waste of time it avails nothing! Did you know that God wants us to transfer our problems to Him through prayer: to bring to Him our cares and worries? He wants to lift your heavy burdens from you and give you peace. He has made you several offers and invitations in His Word, 1Peter 5:7-” Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you. Give your problems to God.