Blessed: Mourn to be Comforted

Bitter sweet. Civil war. Crash landing. Deafening silence. Good grief. Everyone loves oxymorons. If you were to hear “blessed” and “mourning” together, what would be your first thought?

Generally speaking, grief and/or mourning are usually associated with sadness or depression while the act of being blessed is presented biblically as having the favour of God. You might be surprised as to how the Bible defines the word “mourning”.

In Matthew 5:4 we are told: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We might mourn for many reasons such as sickness, pain, material loss, death of someone close to you, etc. The mourning in Matthew 5:4 is not what one usually thinks of when “mourning” is mentioned. Instead, this is a positive mourning.

Paul, in 2 Corinthians 7:10, helps us connect these concepts together. “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

The sorrow and mourning a person feels when he/she sinned and need God’s forgiveness doesn’t have to be limited to just one single person’s sin, though. This can also most definitely be referring to mourning over “all the deeds of ungodliness which the ungodly have committed in such an ungodly manner” (Jude 15).  When Jesus is speaking about “blessed are those who mourn,” he is referring to this sorrow over sin. As believers, we should have this same view of sin.

Sin brings heartache, broken relationships, sickness, grief, pain, and destruction. With these consequences in mind, it’s clear why we should feel sorrow when we sin in our lives and in the lives of others. If we will have the same attitude towards sin that God does, Matthew 5:4 tells us that we will have God’s favour (being blessed), which in this case is comfort. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” How does this apply and tie in to the first half of the verse? And also, how can this be tied into our lives?

Comfort is the positive outcome of mourning over your sin and the break in your relationship with God. It completely relieves you of your guilt and sorrow, as evidenced in 2 Corinthians 7:10: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret…”

Godly sorrow completely forgives.

Godly sorrow erases your shame and grief.

Godly sorrow mends your relationship with God and turns you to Him.

It’s ironic how practical an oxymoron can be.

~ Dylan Farr

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