When you see a man cry, how does it make you feel?
Do you feel it’s a sign of weakness, or proof that he is real?
Or, have you bought into the notion that real men don’t cry?
Does it make your feel disgust? admiration? Turn away, or wonder why?
Well God only used ‘real’ men, and tears fell from the eyes of each one.
From Jacob, to Nehemiah , to David, to God’s only Son!
When a man cries, it’s a sign that He has the heart of God! Here are a few instances in the bible when real men of God shed tears, sometimes bitterly. It’s by no means a sign of weakness, but of the heart of God.
Genesis 29:11 (NKJV)
11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept.
Genesis 33:4 (NKJV)
4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Genesis 37:35 (NKJV)
35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.
Genesis 43:30 (NKJV)
30 Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there.
1 Samuel 20:41 (NKJV)
41 As soon as the lad had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so.
2 Kings 20:3 (NKJV)
3 “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Ezra 3:12-13 (NKJV)
12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.
Nehemiah 1:4 (NKJV)
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Job 16:20 (NKJV)
20 My friends scorn me;
My eyes pour out tears to God.
Psalm 42:3 (NKJV)
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
Isaiah 22:4 (NKJV)
4 Therefore I said, “Look away from me,
I will weep bitterly;
Do not labor to comfort me
Because of the plundering of the daughter of my people.”
Jeremiah 48:31-32 (NKJV)
31 Therefore I will wail for Moab,
And I will cry out for all Moab;
[a]I will mourn for the men of Kir Heres.
32 O vine of Sibmah! I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer.
Your plants have gone over the sea,
They reach to the sea of Jazer.
The plunderer has fallen on your summer fruit and your vintage.
Micah 1:8 (NKJV)
8 Therefore I will wail and howl,
I will go stripped and naked;
I will make a wailing like the jackals
And a mourning like the ostriches,
Matthew 26:75 (NKJV)
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.
Luke 19:41 (NKJV)
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,
John 11:35 (NKJV)
35 Jesus wept.
If it bothers you to see a man cry, it’s not a sign of their weakness, but yours.