Big Boys Cry When They Have To

Tears are a common expression of deep anguish in times of despair. When the church building collapsed after years of effort, some people mocked the pastor’s tears. However, crying has a place in the Bible. David, a man after God’s own heart, wept bitterly in the face of tragedy, seeking solace and guidance from the Lord (1 Samuel 30:3-6). Jesus shed tears at Lazarus’ death, demonstrating His humanity and compassion (John 11:35). It serves as a reminder that crying is a normal response to pain and loss, allowing us to process our emotions and seek comfort.

While spirituality is vital, we mustn’t neglect our humanity. We often associate strength with bottling up emotions. But suppressing tears can hinder healing. Crying allows us to process pain, release stress, and connect with our vulnerability. Just as a thunderstorm clears the air, tears can cleanse our hearts and create space for God’s comfort. Crying serves as a release, allowing pent-up emotions to be expressed and acknowledged. It doesn’t necessarily solve the problem at hand, but it offers a cathartic release, bringing a sense of relief and clarity. You are spirit, soul and body. Do not ignore the need to cry due to perceived spiritual might.

So do not be ashamed of your tears. If tears fall, don’t hold them back. Allow them to flow freely, knowing that it is acceptable to grieve and seek comfort. If your life moves quickly and you have little time to reflect and process what you’re going through, please be intentional about it. If you do not take the time to acknowledge and process your emotions, you may be preparing yourself for a more serious breakdown in the future. David cried. Jesus cried. It’s okay to cry. Let us not circumvent our emotions, but rather embrace them as part of our journey towards wholeness and resilience.

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