Posted by: SandreS | August 4, 2009

Suffering Emotionally

… Being mindful of your tears (II Timothy 1:4).

Those who have Christ’s life living in them will face many emotional, gut-wrenching sorrows; for surely He was,

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3).

Walking with our Lord is not an easy road emotionally. There is a great emotional price to be paid to enter into the “fellowship of His sufferings.”

Paul knew well of this sorrow and grief. Hear the heavy, heartfelt words of our own Apostle:

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears (Acts 20:19).

… By the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears (Acts 20:31).

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears (II Corinthians 2:4).

For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ (Philippians 3:18)

Paul paid a profound price for the sake of the Good News committed to Him. A major part of that cost – which he carried daily inside of him – was that he was exposed to emotional hurt: rejection, betrayal, injustice, slander, bitterness, hate, hostility, disappointment, ridicule and abandonment. This even came from those whom he tried to love and serve; those to and for whom he gave his very life.

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you: though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved (II Corinthians 12:15).

How Paul suffered, not only at the hands of sinners, but at the hands of saints as well. This “spending” of Paul’s life for others was above and beyond the normal trials and sufferings of life. It was nothing short of “the life of Jesus” being “manifest” in him (II Corinthians 4:10), “the spirit of Christ” operating in and through Paul to others – regardless of the outcome. It was the embodiment of the “mind of Christ” in him (Philippians 2:5).

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich (II Corinthians 8:9).

Emotional suffering is not something that was unique to our Lord Jesus Christ, nor Paul, His Apostle to us. Indeed all of God’s saints through time have had to bear deep emotional pain and distress.

Listen to Job’s words,

My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears unto God (Job 16:20).

Or, listen to David,

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. My eye is consumed because of grief; it waxes old because of all my enemies (Psalms 6:6-7).

Not only does the Father go through these trials of hurt with us – to comfort us – but He will one day amply reward these sorrows, kind and just as He is.

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward His name … (Hebrews 6:10).

Remember,

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him (Psalms 126:5-6).

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5).

When the dark night of our soul has passed, our tears – bottled up by the Father (Psalms 56:8) – shall be rewarded, and then,

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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