Beatitudes – Those who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Read: Matthew 5:1-12

Consider: It is likely that at some point in your life you will face the death of someone close to you. This may be a parent, spouse, child or relative, or perhaps a friend. Mourning is a normal part of life and we all have to face it. The reactions to death are many and varied. If this Beatitude is purely about handling physical death, how can it say that we will be blessed (happy) in these circumstances?

As the Beatitudes are speaking of spiritual things we need to ask ourselves what things might cause us to mourn spiritually. When asking what things might cause us to grieve (mourn), it is worthwhile looking at the life of Jesus to see if we can learn from this. Jesus was clearly moved to tears when he went to raise Lazarus, so he obviously understands the effects of death on us and can empathise with us. Jesus was also moved to tears when he approached Jerusalem. We are told in Luke 19:41 – ‘As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it …’ We must be careful that we don’t see this as a reaction to his coming death on the cross. We are told that he wept over the city. It was the unbelief and rejection of his message that brought him to tears.

This brings us to ask the question: ‘What brings you to tears?’ Is it your own unbelief and sinfulness? Is it the unbelief and sinfulness of others? Are you brought to tears by the state of your city, region or country? Does the church or denomination to which you belong bring you to tears, as they have turned away from the authority of the Bible to accept the world’s standards?

Pray: Father, forgive us for having hard hearts that fail to be moved by the sinfulness in ourselves or others. May what we see in society cause us to mourn and may we be open to receiving your comfort. Amen

Every blessing

Author: profsloan

The purpose of this blog is to encourage others to read the Bible daily and to grow in Christ. Each day I will generally publish a devotional or a reading for the day, together with a prayer.

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