Blessed are they that mourn

BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:33

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Mt.5:4

To mourn is to express sorrow or feel grief. In our Christian walk there are a number of occasions where expressions of such emotions are not just merely right, but even necessary. According to Ecl 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. Something happens to our heart when we go through such an experience – the heart becomes better.

Such experiences give us a fresh look at our life, goals and values. We know throughout history, God’s people at some point in life have expressed grief and sorrow when someone they love was gone from them. We know that even Jesus cried standing by the grave stone of Lazarus – even though he knew that he would raise him a few minutes later.

As you can see, it is very appropriate to mourn at a funeral even though we know that the dead in Christ are in a much better place. When we cry at funerals we have a complete different sorrow than non believers. Their sorrow is hopeless, while ours is full of blessed expectation. Yet, we cry because we have a great task to accomplish and we have lost a soldier; nevertheless, the day of great comfort is coming where there will be no more tears! No more pain! No more death!

Another occasion for sorrow would be repentance. It is good to let out those emotions of grief and sorrow for your sins. It truly is a wonderful experience. Mourning for our sins and faults cuts off the roots that sin often puts within us. It helps you see the value of the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for your sins. When the Holy Spirit leads you to repentance, do not be ashamed to cry before God! From my experience, the moments where I cried the most before God regarding my sins, are the moments of the greatest comforts that I’ve received from God!

The fun and pleasures most people pursue do not give comfort to the soul. No entertainment and amusement can give what the Holy Spirit gives after the time of sorrow – comfort.

Blessed are those who mourn in intersession for the churchof Christ, for the work of God on this earth and for the precious souls of people. Yes, they will be comforted. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Ps.126:6

The reward is coming! God himself will wipe away every tear from the eyes of those who understand His heart for the people around us; who out of sincere concern for those who perish spent much time on their face before God, crying out for mercy and deliverance.

There are other times when we should be crying. When you face the wall and nobody around to help you out- just to cry everything out before your Heavenly Father – He will understand you. He has plenty of comfort for you. When you are humble and broken – is the best time for God to mold and shape you into His vessel. In such moments, God can achieve more in your life, than in years of laughter.

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