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Scripture Reading: Psalm 6:1-7

Why Christians Cry



1.  “Real men don’t cry,” as if showing such emotion is a mark against manliness. It is as if tenderness is a disease, and men must inoculate themselves with the macho vaccine to prevent losing their manhood. False and worldly way of judging what it is to be a man.

2.  God created us with the ability to cry, not as a tool to manipulate others, but as the genuine expression of the heart, Eccl. 3:1, 4.

3.  Were these “real” men? (God’s man does not have a hard heart.)

  a.  David and Jonathan wept, 1 Sam. 20:41. Grief over Saul’s treachery against David and the rupture it was causing between friends.

  b.  Jesus wept, Jno. 11:35. Sorrow at the grave of Lazarus.

  c.  Paul wept, Acts 20:31. Depth of Paul’s warnings to the brethren.

  d.  Peter wept, Matt. 26:75. Over his sin of denial of Jesus.

4.  The central point is whether Christians are sympathetic/empathetic toward each other. Are we moved by kind affection in our treatment of each other, or by callous disregard toward others? Rom. 12:10

5.  We are commanded to “weep with those who weep,” Rom. 12:15.


I.  CHRISTIANS Weep with Others (Jesus, Jno. 11:31-36).

  A.  Because Jesus had Compassion, Matt. 9:36.

    1.  Compassion (Col. 3:12-13): Tender mercies (“the bowels” - “which were regarded by the Greeks as the seat of the more violent passions, by the Hebrews as the seat of the tender ‘affections’” (Vine, II:16); Hence, inward pity.

    2.  Restricted affections–no compassion, 2 Cor. 6:11-12 (affections).

  B.  Because Jesus was Gentle, Matt. 11:29 (5:5).

    1.  Meek (mild): A disposition of heart (“in heart”) that conveys a soothing disposition (not harsh, hard, inflexible), 1 Thess. 2:7.

    2.  Cannot weep with someone if our heart is willful and stubborn.

  C.  Because Jesus was Kind, Matt. 7:12; Gal. 5:22.

    1.  “Gracious, good, pleasant”; it treats others fairly, honorably and courteously. “Kindness reaches out to those we care about.” Eph. 4:31-32. Love is kind, 1 Cor. 13:4.

    2.  Kindness genuinely expresses care for/favor toward others.


II.  CHRISTIANS Weep Over (about) Ourselves (Peter, Matt. 26:75).

  A.  Godly Sorrow Over Our Own Sins, 2 Cor. 7:9.

      -Caused by being convicted of my sin against God, Acts 2:37 (38, 41).

    1.  Repentance, 2 Cor. 7:10. Radical change of heart toward God, Acts 20:21.

    2.  Godly sorrow comes from a contrite heart, Psa. 51:16-17.

  B.  If We Refuse to “Weep” Over Our Sins and Correct Them Now, We Will Weep Forevermore, Mk. 9:43-44; Matt. 13:50.

      -Do not treasure up wrath on the day of judgment (Rom. 2:5).

  C.  When Enemies Press and Persecute, God Sees Our Tears and Hears Our Prayers, Psa. 6:6-10 (Matt. 5:10-12).

    1.  God keeps our tears in His bottle, Psa. 56:8-11.

    2.  Timothy’s tears for Paul in persecution, 2 Tim. 1:4.

    3.  Rest in faith that His blessings come, Rev. 6:10-11.


III. CHRISTIANS Weep for Others (Paul, Acts 20:31).

  A.  For Lost Souls and for the Spiritual Welfare of Christians.

    1.  Preaching and teaching the lost, 1 Cor. 2:2-3.

    2.  Warning of spiritual dangers, Acts 20:31.

    3.  When people do not keep God’s law, Psa. 119:136.

  B.  When We See a Person’s Sins Brings Pain and Punishment Upon Them. (Not a “they get what they deserve” attitude.)

    1.  Jeremiah for Jerusalem, Jer. 9:1-2 (3-6), 9-10.

    2.  Jesus for Jerusalem, Lk. 19:41-44 (daughters of Jerusalem, 23:26-31).


IV. When CHRISTIANS Stop Crying.

  A.  When Our Tears Prevent Us from Doing God’s Will (what is right, though difficult). When they show fear and doubt, 2 Tim. 1:7 (4).

  B.  When Our Tears Would Hinder Someone from doing God’s Will, Acts 21:10-14. When one is committed to doing God’s will; do not hinder them.

  C.  When We Reach Heaven, Rev. 21:4. Joy forevermore.



1.  When Christians cry it should be from hearts that cling to what is good and abhor what is evil (Rom. 12:9), while clinging to each other.

2.  Tears from hearts of goodwill, kind affection and even godly sorrow will give way to eternal joy.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: May 2, 2018