It is said that tears mark the transformation from life in the flesh to life in the Spirit. Whoever walks in the flesh seeks only external happiness and rebukes any source of pain. Holy sorrow is the narrow passage way to the heart of Christ.
The Teacher writes, “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief (Ecclesiastes 1:18 TNIV).” One who grows in the wisdom of God increases in knowledge that leads to holy sorrow. It is beyond mere repentance. This is the reality of Christ that receives pain and suffering with weeping and it leads to pure joy.
Those who live outside themselves in goals and goods remain in the flesh. Whoever rejects the applause of the world is able to begin an authentic spiritual journey inward. This is what it means to be born of the Spirit. Only here will the pilgrim receive the gift of holy sorrow.
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