TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, April 04, 2019:
Feel or express sorrow; deplore; regret the loss of; grieve.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
This Beatitude, found in Matthew 5:4, can only be understood by one who is a believer in Jesus as Savior. How can a bereaved person be blessed amid grief? Mourning means to have a broken heart. A believer understands what the Psalmist meant when he wrote in Psalm 30:5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” God has promised to comfort the mourner in this life and in the life to come. Sorrow lasts for a short time but God’s comfort lasts for a lifetime.
Mourning is an action or emotion that comes upon one as a sorrow for sin, a broken heart over evil, or suffering. A mourner is so full of grief that he cries and weeps deep from within.
There are normally three types of situations that cause people to mourn.
First and most important is the acknowledgement of our sin. The mourning that this produces is the genuine godly sorrow that leads to repentance and the desire for salvation.
Secondly, the desperate plight and terrible suffering of others also causes people to mourn. As believer’s we should mourn over the suffering we see in the world and bring comfort to them.
And finally, there is the mourning that comes from personal tragedy, loss, or intense trauma.
When we read Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn”, we tend to immediately think it refers to God comforting us when we are mourning the loss of a loved one.
There is no greater comforter than our Lord and Savior in the time of a loss of someone dear to us, particularly if we know the loved one is a believer and has gone home to be with the Lord.
We know the Lord mourns with us when we mourn over those we see suffering. The Lord’s greatest desire is that we come to the point in our life where we mourn over our many sins. If we are honest with ourselves, we cannot help but recognize how bad our sin is. The acknowledgement of our sin should lead us to regret (mourn over it) so much that we confess it and repent of it and ask God for forgiveness.
God gives the one that mourns his sin and repents of his sin a settled peace from within. He who mourns his sin and turns away from his sin receives an assurance of forgiveness and acceptance by God and a fullness of joy which is a sense of God’s presence, care and guidance.
There is also an eternal comfort that God gives one who mourns. It is an assurance that those who love God will pass from death to life and will spend an eternity with Him. It is an assurance that God will wipe away all tears and swallow up death into victory. There will be no mourning in heaven. (Revelation 21:4)
The scripture tells us to mourn for lost souls. The apostle Paul in Romans 9:1-5 grieved for his “countrymen according to the flesh,” and longed desperately for their salvation. When lost souls mourn their life of sin it brings them to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Mourning comes before repentance. The penitent publican, we are told in Luke 18:13, when He decided to repent, “beat his breast saying God be merciful to me as a sinner.” Mourning is part of true repentance.
When you study this Beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” may you have a new sense of the comfort God will give to us as believers in our time of grief.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 4:35.
Do you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for the harvest.
May You make my heart tender in a new and fresh way so that I will seek to reach out to help those who are mourning today? Thank You for the comfort you give to those of us who believe in You. Thank You for the message of this Beatitude. Give me and my family a desire to follow the teachings You gave us on the Sermon on the Mount.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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