Every week it is my goal to release a blog post on the next part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The goal is that you and I would be able to live a little more like Him every day.
Following Jesus is no easy task. Jesus Himself even tells us to count the cost before following Him because we may lose family members, friends, jobs, homes, and even our lives for following Him.
This is part two of this famous sermon. Jesus references nine different perspectives of people whom God blesses in Matthew 5:3-11. These character and conduct traits are most often called “The Beattitudes.” For the purpose of this blogging series, we will talk about these as: timeless principles.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn…a.k.a. Happy are the sad…its paradoxical.
There is a lived out understanding in most human lives that happiness is based on things going your way.
Pleasure, relationships, money, entertainment, self-expression are expected to bring happiness. Avoiding pain, hardships, struggle, frustration and disappointment also allegedly brings happiness. Happiness is fluid.
“Throughout history a basic axiom of the world has been that favorable things bring happiness, whereas unfavorable things bring unhappiness… Jesus turned the world’s principles exactly upside down. He reversed the path to happiness.” – John MacArthur
Happiness really is fluid because happiness is situational. However, real, lasting joy comes only through Jesus Christ.
The kind of “blessed are those who mourn” that Jesus is talking about here is the kind of mourning that happens when someone is also poor in spirit. The second timeless principle builds on the first; the person who is poor in spirit becomes the person who mourns.
The person who mourns is revealing godly sorrow over sin and unworthiness to stand before God. The Greek used here is one of the strongest words for sorrow or mourning in the Bible. It bears the idea of deep inner agony.
There is no happiness found in deep inner agony.
There is only happiness in God’s response to the mourning.
God sees the one who mourns over his or her sin and makes them happy, or blessed, because of His forgiveness of those very sins. Mourning is a “godly grief [that] produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret.”
God’s response brings blessing because God responds to His children. God responds in love and a desire to be in relationship with His creation.
“Only mourners over sin are happy because only mourners over sin have their sins forgiven. Sins and happiness are totally incompatible. Where one exists, the other cannot. Until sin is forgiven and removed, happiness is locked out. Mourning over sin brings forgiveness of sin, and forgiveness of sin brings a freedom and a joy that cannot be experienced in any other way.” – John MacArthur
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Not only does mourning over sin bring forgiveness, it also results in comfort from God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
The action step today is this: are you living content in habitual sin? If so, repent and turn to God. As you repent and turn from your selfishness to God as your Lord and Savior, rest in the fact there is healing and comfort for everyone who confesses and believes.
Push past your pride today and experience true comfort and healing available only through the forgiveness of God for those who mourn.