Remarks on Righteousness
Psalm 126:5

They who sow in tears
shall reap in joy.

This verse seems to be an oxymoron.  We think in terms of pleasure rather than spiritual
treasure.  We think of now rather than the hereafter.  When we learn to think of our souls rather
than our bodies, then this verse makes sense.

The psalmist speaks of the repentance of Israel while in captivity.  Unless they repented in
sackcloth and ashes, they would not be restored to their homeland.  To receive the blessings
of God they must acknowledge their sin, and mourn for it.  Then they would be filled with
laughter and singing.  Then they would be restored to their beloved homeland.

The same is true of us.  If we would have the joy of forgiveness, if we would have the joy of the
abundant life, if we would have the joy of the fellowship of the righteous, if we would have the
joy of the fellowship of the Father and the Son, if we would have the joy of eternal life, we must
have tears over our sins.

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted: but the
sorrow of the world brings death. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:10

Repent, and be immersed, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission
of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your
children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. ~ Acts

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build
you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. ~ Acts20:32
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