TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, July 14, 2017:
Drops of the saline watery fluid secreted in the eyes and flowing from the eyes as a result of deep emotion.
Jesus wept. John 11:35.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Most of us have experienced that strange crossover from laughing one moment to crying the next moment. It is an amazing fact of life that the emotions of both sorrow and joy can bring us to tears. Tears bring physical relief from pent up emotion.
Humor is an integral part of almost every culture. Yes, that is because we were created in God’s image. We can see God’s humor on display in this world He created. Have you ever gone to the zoo and found yourself laughing as you watched the monkeys?
Jesus used humor in His stories and communication to individuals and to the masses, when He was on this earth, to make a point. For example, to show us our hypocrisy in criticizing others he said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye” (Matthew 7:3).
Jesus had a wonderful sense of humor but He also knew the pain of grief. For example, when His friend Lazarus died, Jesus saw Mary weeping and the scripture says in John 11:33-35 that “He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” A short time later He began to weep.
Yes, Jesus experienced the same emotions we do. The writers of the New Testament record instances of Jesus showing His emotions. Not only are His emotions of love, compassion, and sorrow revealed but also His righteous anger as well.
Examples like this that we run across in the scriptures remind us that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and therefore will have similar emotional reactions.
Our ability to release our pent-up emotions with tears is a gift from God. God knows all about us and He knows our every sorrow. God keeps track of every tear we cry. Psalm 56:8 reads, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears and have recorded each one in Your book.”
But the good news is that as God promised in Revelation 7:17, He will wipe away every tear. In heaven there will be no more tears. All our trials, all our tribulations, and all our suffering will be over and left behind. When we get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 1:8.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
Dear Lord, You have made us to laugh, to cry, to yearn, to love and to miss those who have gone before us. Help us to love even more deeply because of the love You have shown for us. Thank You that You know every tear we shed and will one day wipe all remembrance of them away.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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