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Godly Sorrow: Sowing in Tears, Reaping in Joy

Luke 6:21

Blessed are you who weep now: for you shall laugh.

I bring a message that might seem difficult to absorb at first glance - a message about sorrow, tears, and pain. But let me assure you, this is not a message of despair, but one of deep faith, hope, and encouragement. It is about an aspect of our lives that is important to our spiritual growth – godly sorrow.


Our scripture today comes from Psalm 126:5-6, "Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them." This verse invites us into a deeper understanding of the spiritual significance of our tears and sorrow.


Godly sorrow is not a sorrow devoid of hope. It is not a sorrow that draws us into a pit of despair, rather it is a sorrow that leads us to true repentance, transformation, and eventually, joy. As Apostle Paul stresses in 2 Corinthians 7:10, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." This sorrow is a gift from God - a divine tool meant to draw us closer to His righteousness, to facilitate our growth, and to deepen our relationship with Him.


Beloved, the truth is, we live in a fallen world. There are moments when we will feel the sting of sorrow, the heat of tears trickling down our cheeks. These are not signs of weakness or lack of faith, but rather signs of a heart that yearns for God's kingdom, a heart that aches with the world's pain and longs for the healing touch of our Lord.


But here is the beautiful promise from our Lord - Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! It is a divine exchange: our tears for His joy, our sorrow for His comfort. Just as a farmer plants seeds in the ground, trusting and waiting for the harvest, so are we called to trust in God's promises, even in our seasons of sorrow.


The seeds of godly sorrow that we sow, watered by our tears, are not lost. They go deep into the soil of our hearts, where God's love and grace make them grow. And in due time, we will reap a harvest of joy, peace, and righteousness. We weep now, but a dawn of joy is coming!


So, beloved, let not your hearts be troubled or weighed down by sorrow. For even in our weeping, we are sowing. And what we sow in godly sorrow, we shall reap in divine joy. Remember, God is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He collects every tear in His bottle, and not one of them is wasted.


So let us continue to sow even in our tears, for our season of reaping with joy is on the horizon. Our God is faithful, and His promises are yes and amen. Peace and blessings to you all. Amen.