Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
When I think of the times in my life that I have mourned, I cannot honestly say that I enjoyed them. As my father was dying, I knew I would see him again in Heaven, and there was hope and promise in that, but I wouldn’t classify that feeling as happy. There was a sense of great pain and loss. Looking back now, I still miss my dad greatly, but I can see more clearly that the end of his earthly pain was truly a blessing. I am able to find joy in my dad’s new life.
When Jesus says we’re blessed when we have sorrow over our sin, we have to remember that we are not the only ones who have suffered for our sin. The gospel message is built on the very fact that Jesus suffered for our sins, paying the price to give us new life. Isaiah 53:3a says “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” Jesus found righteous joy in His suffering because it brought new life to the world.
We are blessed when we mourn our sinful state because, by recognizing our need for God, we are comforted. Not the comfort of good feelings, but the comfort of being transformed by our savior. We are comforted by being freed of our guilt and condemnation, and being transformed into the image of Christ. We are given the joy of being a child of God. What greater comfort could there be?
1: Is there anything that you have done in your past that you regret? How did you deal with that regret? Have you tried to change in your own power?
2: Have you accepted Jesus as your savior? How has that experience changed the way you view your past? Has the Holy Spirit comforted you in your sorrow? What do you now find real joy in?
Pray, if you haven’t already done so, that Jesus would rescue you from sin and death. Pray that God would unite brothers and sisters around the world who mourn their fallen condition, so that they together can carry out a great work for God’s kingdom. Pray for the joy of being transformed, moment by moment, into the image of Jesus Christ.