Sometimes we are in need of such a spiritual collar, for our sadness can sometimes simply be discontent and is therefore sin.
So when is it righteous to be sad?
Let us take a look at Jesus sadness.
But what did this grief do for Jesus? It moved Him to show us His glory! Does our grief move us to show others more of God's glory! Does it push us to good worship and good works?
John 11: 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. ...
He wept over Jerusalem.
Jesus wept over His unbelieving people who were blinded and could not see His plan of salvation and peace. It would seem that even Jesus as a man, wrestled and struggled but accepted the sovereign plan that some would go to hell. Do we weep over souls lost, does it move us to tell God's plan of salvation, do we accept His sovereignty even on these matters? We should be deeply moved and troubled for the souls of others, we should be praying in earnest about these things..
Jesus wept over His impending death and separation from His Abba Father in Gethsemane, over the thought of the full impact of utter shame, utter destitution, the utter burden of our sin:
In His utter grief of facing death, the brunt of our sin...His sorrow yet brings triumph - for He submits to His Abba Father and does His greatest work of all - He dies in order that we may have salvation.
Jesus greatest point of sorrow: the moment before death: When we sorrow, may we have a holy, godly sorrow that bows our knee before our Lord. That says as Jesus did just before He breathed His last to enter His moment of greatest grief ..."into thy hands I commit my spirit"
I am reminded of the verses in the Old Testament, of how God can use sadness for His glory.
Ecc. 3: 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
And Psalm 30: