fredag 27. januar 2017

Try tears!

When Paul wrote the following to Timothy:
Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
2 Tim 1:4
he did not say anything about the reason for the tears. 

They may have been caused by:
  • the spirit of timidity
  • Timothy's thoughts of not being able to share fellowship with Paul for a long time when Paul left him to continue his mission journey
  • the burden to see people saved
The first reason is not constructive. I have touched this before (1) and I will likely return to the theme later. However, the two last ones are good traits for a disciple, because they express love and care. There are many stories from the life of William Booth, and he also believed in tears:

There is a story about two Salvation Army officers who set out to start a new work, only to meet with failure and opposition. Frustrated and tired they appealed to the General to close the mission. General Booth sent back a telegram with two words on it, "TRY TEARS". They followed his advice and they witnessed a mighty revival (2).  

Tears are an expression of passion, and God sees it!

‘Manna’ for today:

Tears work!
(1) 'A mentor is clear and direct'
(2) See more here

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