Two inseparable companions
(Thomas Sherman, "Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ")
"Blessed are those who mourn — for they will be comforted!" Matthew 5:4
Sin and sorrow are two inseparable companions; you can not indulge the one — and be without the other. If your moments are now spent in carnal mirth — then your eternity will be spent in ceaseless mourning. If you will not weep for sin now, while you may have mercy to pardon you — you will lament hereafter, and have no eye to pity you! A bottle of tears may now quench the fire of sin — but a sea of tears will never quench the flames of Hell!
Therefore while the wicked continue laughing — I will continue to mourn. Through the Valley of Bochim (weeping) — I shall pass to the Heavenly Zion. But the paths of carnal mirth — will bring me into a Hell of weeping; for he who swims in sin — shall sink in sorrow! His laughter shall be turned into heaviness; but my tears shall be wiped away! I will therefore ever weep — that I may not weep forever!
"God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain!" Revelation 21:4
"They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!" Matthew 13:42