The Power of Tears

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 3:18-19

“It is impossible that a child of such tears should be lost,” said Bishop Ambrose to Monica, mother of Augustine. He was right, for Augustine later became a believer and a teacher of the worldwide church. The Bishop’s encouragement parallels the message of Paul who mentions his tears for his converts frequently. He reminds the Ephesians, “I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears” (Acts 20:19,31). To the Corinthians he writes: “I wrote you . . . with many tears . . . to let you know the depth of my love for you” (2 Cor. 2:4).

In our Scripture for today, Paul claims that he shed tears for those who lived as enemies of the cross, with their minds focused on earthly things, living in a disgusting and arrogant manner. He does not berate such persons, but weeps for them.

Surely God knows of the tears we shed for our loved ones. The Psalmist wrote, “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5) and, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping . . . will return with songs of joy carrying sheaves with him” (Ps. 126:5,6).


Thank you, Lord, that our prayers and tears of godly concern will never be in vain. Amen.