Here’s a new one for you . . . when tears appear, the Spirit is near. Ok, it’s not in the Bible. My words, not His.
But it’s my experience. Let me explain. And don’t go ‘deep theology’ on me, at least not until you’ve heard me out.
There are two kinds of spirits people can have. The human spirit is built into us. We’re God’s highest and best creation. We’re made in His image. We see the human spirit exemplified in people like Elon Musk, an amazingly smart and creative human spirit, but without the Holy Spirit because of his faithlessness.
Believers in Christ not only have a human spirit but also have the Holy Spirit . . . the spirit of Jesus living in them. Just like Jesus was fully human and fully divine, our souls are the home for both our human spirit and His Holy Spirit. Our tears can be coming from either. When Jesus wept over the death of His friend Lazarus and the sadness of Mary and Martha, He “was deeply moved in spirit.” Only the Father knows if Jesus’ tears were from His human spirit, Divine Spirit or both.
When I feel tears welling up in me, I choose to believe they’re from the Holy Spirit. I know God wants my heart to be humble and kind, so it’s totally cool to cry and to let those be tears of gratitude. If they’re tears of sadness, I pray, “Thank you Lord for being here with me . . . for not letting me go through this alone. This is all going to be ok, if not now, someday.” When they’re tears of joy, it’s, “Thank you, Father, for the blessing of this moment. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Either way, the kind, loving, ever-present Holy Spirit is near, pointing me to the Father through the tears.
Scripture: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled . . . Jesus wept. (John 11:33, 35)