Hi friends! Praise God for a new week, Hallelujah! I trust your week started great!
We shall be continuing our series on The Beatitudes which is also known as Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount.
Like I wrote in the first of this series HERE, I believe that God is calling His Church to BE more this season. When we settle our BEING, our doing will make lasting and meaningful impact on the earth and in eternity.
And now, to the second Beatitude;
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NKJV
Who are these people that mourn?
These people are not just those who mourn over lost loved ones, possessions or any earthly good.
They are people who grieve over sin, theirs and others. They do not grieve forever or in hopelessness, their grief causes them to turn to and remain in God. They are people who;
- Are honest about their sins. Proverbs 28:13, Psalm 32:5
- They are very sorry and grieve deeply because of it. 2 Corinthians 7:10
- They are humble enough to ask for forgiveness of their sins. 2 Corinthians 7:10, Acts 3:19
- They grieve over the sin of the world and intercede for the lost. Jude 1:22-23, Romans 9:1-5
God did not call us to be what He is not, after all, we are His offsprings, made in His image and likeness. If He expects us to grieve over sin, it is because He also grieves over our sins and the sin of the world.
Remember how Jesus lamented over Jerusalem.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. Matthew 23:37 NLT
He mourned over Jerusalem because she refused his offer of The Kingdom.
Whenever we go our way and turn from God, it hurts Him, it should hurt us as well, it should cause us grief.
How can Jesus call a man who mourns blessed, enviable?
Jesus was speaking to His followers here not the entire world. The world cover their sins and justify themselves for their dark acts but we ought to expose ourselves and short comings to God in total repentance and plea for mercy.
The one who mourns;
- Finds forgiveness in God. 1 John 1:19
- Is spiritually revived. Isaiah 57:15
- Enjoys the blessings of being at peace with God. Isaiah 59:20
- Truly enjoys God as A Father. Isaiah 66:2
- Enjoys the comfort of The Holy Spirit. Matthew 5:4
- Has confidence for eternal safety and security. Isaiah 35:8
Look At David.
Reading through his Psalms will show that he was always grieved when he sinned against God and would always voice his grief in repentance to God. One out of many of such Psalms is Psalm 51. Please do read it carefully.
As a result God named him a man after His heart, His friend. Look how David was blessed, look at the legacy God gave him! All because he always grieved over his sin, never trying to justify himself.
Moses was one who always grieved over the sin of the Israelites in the wilderness, always standing in the gap and even asked God to kill him instead of the Israelites. Deuteronomy 9:7-29 He was a man used greatly of God, a type of Jesus.
Will you be like David who never covered his sins, and like Moses who always bore the sins of sinners?
Does sin break your heart like it breaks God’s?
Do you grieve for the sinners and intercede for them?
Are you a spiritual mourner?
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