Action: Cry

READ: ““Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh” Lk 6.21b.

THINK: We ought to cry for our own sin, Lk 22.62, and for the condemnation of the rebellious world, Lk 19.41. Jesus cried in the presence of death, Jn 11.35, an act of solidarity, Rm 12.15. He who refuses to cry now, will later lament, Lk 6.25; Jn 16.20. Let us change worldly laughter into crying, Jas 4.9. Because the time is short, “those with tears” should live “like those not weeping” 1 Cor 7.29ff. In heaven no one cries, Rev 21.4.

ACT: Take sin seriously, feeling the damage that it causes for everyone.

PRAY: Father, show me, through the cross of Christ, the seriousness of sin.

ASK: What reasons do I have to cry?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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