Blessed are those who mourn their sin
“"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 ESV
Mourning is a human response to the loss of someone or something. Mourning can take different forms dependent on culture, belief, tradition and personality. For some, there may be a series of days where particular clothing is worn, for others, communities gather for successive durations. Expressions of grief may be demonstrated publicly or privately. Regardless of the way it is manifest, we are confident in the comfort of God, even in the hardest seasons of life.
In this post we’ll think about how we respond to the reality of the wrong things we do.
"For the world, grieving sin is regressive and constricting; for the Christian, it is the pathway to joy." Matt Smethurst
We can understand this to mean, 'happy' are those who feel the guilt of their wrongdoings and are convicted to seek God in changing their behaviour.
This is a different way of thinking!
We're constantly pumped with the message that we secure our own happiness, by any means necessary, rather than taking a moment to even consider the consequences our actions and whether they were even correct to begin with! We are told to follow 'our truth' and only seem to be accountable to ourselves, and our moral compass that changes by the hour!
How often do we justify our (and other peoples) ungodly lifestyle and actions to make ourselves feel better about our sin towards God?
If we truly recognised the depth of our offence towards the Father, of course we'd grieve it.
We are often quick to roll off a list of excuses and reasons why our behaviour was somehow someone else’s fault…
We're so grateful to serve a God full of mercy and grace that we would be comforted by the Holy Spirt in our repentance and turning away from our sin.
He is slow to anger and abounding in love. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.