Luke 6:21 Blessed are you who weep, For you shall laugh.

It is difficult to fathom this verse, in that the Lord would want us to weep than to laugh. The Greek word for weep is used here when talking about mourning for the dead, like seeing a loved one die. It is just a natural reaction to weep over someone dear to your heart. We see that Jesus was called a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). When we are just focused on our own lives, we lose focus on heavenly realities. Psalm 25:14 “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.”

Let’s explore examples when we will find yourselves weeping when we are doing the will of God.

Mourning for the lost:

Jesus mourned over the unwillingness of the people in Jerusalem that would be judged for rejecting God’s plan for salvation in Jesus. This resulted in destruction of their temple in 70 AD, and the Jews being scattered among the nations (Matthew 23:27). Paul the Apostle also wept over the Jews rejection of Jesus as the Messiah in Romans 9. I remember instances in my life, where I have shared the Gospel with people that behaved so cold or indifferent to it. Some would even mock it. I was more grieved than angry at them, for their unwillingness to repent. King David mourned over his son Absalom, who at that time was trying to take over the kingship from David. Before going out to battle against Absalom:

David states, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom” (2 Samuel 18:5). Unfortunately, David’s General Joab took matter in his own hands, and killed Absalom. Listen how David reacted, “O my son Absalom—my son, my son Absalom—if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!” (2 Samuel 18:33).

Jesus has that heart for the lost. Jesus came down from heaven on a rescue mission to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Jesus sees the heavy bondage and pain that sinners endure, because of sin and satan being their slave master.

Acts 10:38 “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”.  

Jesus values the souls of men, and knows the eternal consequences that results from sin.

Self-examination of one’s heart:

Since Jesus loves us so much, we should give our bodies as a living sacrifice in doing His will for our lives (Romans 12:1). James admonished believers who were warring and fighting each other to stop acting like the world (James 4:4).

James 4:9,10 “Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” 

Lord is returning for a pure and clean bride who is looking for his return. We want to make sure that we are living a life of holiness unto the Lord, which is our reasonable service to Him. We daily need to ask the Lord to reveal our hearts to us, because our hearts can be deceitful. Walking humbly before the Lord is the best place to be in, because when we are full of pride we will be blinded to our hearts condition. We will often justify our actions, be envious, unyielding, harbor bitterness, and walking in strife. By walking in humility and brokenness before the Lord, we will be in a state of repentance over the carnality in our lives. Paul was exhorting the believers in Corinth about certain issues he had, the Corinthians responded with godly sorrow that produced repentance that led to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). The reason we obey the Lord is to please Him, because we love Him. One aspect of the Fear of the Lord is fearing that you have hurt the heart of the Lord. Yes, believers still can break God’s heart by their lifestyle. Paul admonished believers not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:30).

Fiery Trials that Test our Faith:

1 Peter 1:6 “Through now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire.”

Anyone who has gone through a time of testing knows that there is great pain and anguish in the midst of a trial. The trials are meant to burn off the chaff in our hearts, which represent our old sinful/carnal nature known as the flesh. Often times we find ourselves rebuking the Lord:

like Peter saying “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” (Matthew 16:22).

The carnal mind is focused on self, and is at enmity against God.   It will result in a bad attitude, frustration, anger, bitterness, and envy. The Lord is bringing this carnality to the surface in our hearts, in order to show us our condition and burn it off by the fire of the Holy Spirit. There is great reward in going through trials, since it perfects our faith and has eternal value. The things of this world will fade away, but the character of Christ that is formed in our hearts will continue forever (1 Corinthians 3:14).

Suffering and Pain of others:

There are a lot of people in this world that are suffering and in pain, just turn on the news. There is an entire generation of young people that are going after the things of this world, whether it is alcohol, drugs, money, and violence. Also there are believers, mostly in the middle east, that are suffering intense persecution from Muslims. The church at Thessalonica were under a similar situation in that they were under heavy persecution. Paul admonished the believers to comfort and edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). May we do the same to believers that are suffering. Hearing an encouraging word when suffering is significant. I know when I am going through a trial, and someone speaks a word to me, it lifts me up and brings life to my spirit. As stated above, Jesus was a man of sorrows, and some even said that they reminded him of Jeremiah the prophet, who was called the “weeping prophet.” Remember how Jesus acted when Lazarus died. Even though Jesus knew he would raise him from the dead he still wept, because he feels the pain of people that are suffering. May we also weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:12,13

Luke 6:25 Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.

Looking at this verse not in context can cause us to shrink back and say “the Lord doesn’t want me to be happy and laugh?” When interpreting this verse, remember from Part 1, that we are talking about these verses in reference to two kingdoms (kingdom of God vs kingdom of this world). People in this passage are laughing and rejoicing in ungodliness. Think back when you were lost, you watched a very crude movie that was funny. People of this world love entertainment with a good laugh. People are laughing over things that the Lord hates, like sexual impurity and filthy jokes.  We see an example of this in the book of Daniel (Chapter 5), where king Belshazzar is having a feast for a thousand of his lords. Out of pride he decides to use the gold vessels that were taken from the temple of the house of God for himself and his guest to drink out of. Belshazzar made light of the things of God, and the Lord pronounced judgment on him. Belshazzar’s kingdom that same night was given to the Medes and Persians. The same is true today, where unbelievers take light the things of God, whether it be Jesus Himself, the Gospel, and holiness. The preaching of the Gospel usually causes unbelievers to laugh at it and scoff it. I have seen this first hand. Unbelievers laugh at purity and godliness. Before Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, Lot tried to warn his sons-in-laws, but they thought Lot was joking (Genesis 19:14). The things of God are no laughing matter, and there will be no laughing on judgment day.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:31