Jesus began with a provocative look at what it reeeeeally means to be “blessed” with a series of statements known as the Beatitudes.
Here’s today’s selection:
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
The world says: Pursue happiness.
Jesus says: Blessed are those who mourn.
Why on earth would Jesus say that? How are the mournful “blessed”? Isn’t that kind of like saying “happy are the unhappy”?
Christianity isn’t always a superterrifichappyfuntime thing. Just look at Jesus.
As the shortest verse in the New Testament says: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). He wept over sin and its bitter consequences. He wept over the death of a friend. He wept over an unrepentant city. Isaiah called him “a man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3).
Mourning over our sin and longing for God’s forgiveness and healing can bring awesome blessings:
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. (2 Corinthians 7:10-11)
When you’re down, look up. God’s not remote. He’s not unfeeling. He’s compassionate. He’s there and he cares. He’s the God of all comfort:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
Feeling mournful? Ask God to comfort you. And then comfort others.
Pass it on.
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