Monday, June 21, 2010
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.....Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep." -Jesus, sermon on the Mount
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom." James 4:8-9
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: ....
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance" Ecc. 3:1,4
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:22-24
Laughter and joy can be a wonderful thing indeed, the Word tells us clearly. But laughter can also be ungodly, and even cruel, the Word of God also tells us. Sorrow can be a good thing as well. As Christians we will constantly be struggling with our flesh, the world, and the devil and his daemons. We need to laugh, but we need to laugh in the godly sense. And we need to weep at times, that's for sure, in this world that loves to cheat and hate.
We are to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice. And we are to have great and full joy in the truth; the truth that Jesus died for us, His beloved elect.
Well that's about it.
Now, I'm off to bed.