Jesus Wept by Julie Arduini

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I chuckle when I read the title of this post. Years ago, when I was new in Christian faith, I helped out with youth group. Anytime, and I mean anytime we challenged the kids to memorize a verse or create a devotion and share it with us, they always went with one verse:

Jesus wept.

They chose it because it’s a short verse and it drove us crazy they did it every single time, but then, we decided to make them dive deeper. One of the teens, now a father of his own teens, really gave a great message on that verse.

Today, I have a message that came to mind as I mentored a young woman. I thought it it was such a game changer for us, perhaps it will encourage someone here, too.

The woman and I were sharing that we were brought up in homes where emotions weren’t openly expressed. As adults, it’s difficult for me to remember it’s okay to feel. I confessed to her it’s been such a trouble spot that I know it’s affected my health. I wanted her to know letting the feelings out is a good thing. It’s a God thing.

“Jesus wept. Weeping isn’t a little sniff, it is a full on cry. A snot fest. So if Jesus cries like that, why can’t you?”

When I wrote that, I felt like the words jumped off the page. Wept is a power word. To visualize Jesus in full emotions, expressing through active tears, is helpful. It reminds me Jesus didn’t stuff His feelings. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to confess you’re struggling.

I never felt free to do so, and even now, I struggle trying to stay stoic. But understanding Jesus wept gives me permission to release the tears when I feel them. Share. Lament. Anything but stuff them.

If you’re fighting a good cry because you believe it’s wrong, take it from Jesus. He wept.

And so can you.

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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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5 Responses to Jesus Wept by Julie Arduini

  1. 🦋 Yes, even Jesus had good cry.
    We often say we need to be like Jesus but did we realise just how much that involves?
    Love your thoughts.

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  2. Sherry Carter says:

    this is powerful. There’s so much humanity about Jesus we don’t always want to recognize. I tend to keep Him in a sanitized bubble of sinlessness, but He experienced life – the good, the bad, and the ugly, as the saying goes. Praise the Lord, Jesus experienced a horrid ugliness that those who believe in Him will never have to experience. No matter how difficult our circumstances, we are covered by God’s mercy and grace.

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    • juliearduini says:

      So true, Sherry! I listened to a great series over the summer called Savage Jesus. It showed Him to be so much more than what I compartmentalize HIm to be. I’m so grateful to be covered by Him.

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