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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Tears Designed By God

A research team at Johns Hopkins concluded: “Tears aren’t simple. The tears caused by irritants in the eye are much different in substance than tears of emotion or stress. The latter contain far more toxic biological by-products giving evidence they remove many kinds of toxic substances from the body produced by stress. Weeping is an execratory process intended to deal with the unhealthy things stress produces in the body. Holding back tears consequently is not a healthy thing in dealing with stress or other emotional factors. Emotional tears are initiated by a different part of the brain than the part that initiates reflexive tears, the part of the brain which responds to sad, happy, painful, or pleasant experiences." Tears are a language without words. Tears are truly a gift when we see how beneficial they are to our body and our soul.

If tears are turned to God then He will treasure them and use them. Psalm 56: 8, "You keep track of my misery. Put my tears in your leather container! Are they not recorded in your scroll?" There are many kinds of tears according to the Bible.

Tears of compassion. John 11: 35, "Jesus wept."

Tears of pain and suffering. 2 Kings 20: 5, “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.

Tears of joy. Genesis 33: 4, "But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept."

Tears of desperation. Esther 4: 1, 3, "When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes."

Tears of agony or labor. Isaiah 42: 14, "For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant."

Tears of repentance. Joel 2: 12-13, "Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Luke 7: 38, "As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them."

When we get to Heaven there will be no more need for tears. Revelation 21: 4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”


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