Matthew 5:1–4 (ESV)
1 Seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. –
When is the last time you had a good cry?
Sometimes it just feels good to let it out. Tears are the overflow of emotion. They are the body’s way of physically expressing all it feels. While tears are are often associated with sadness, the reality is that there are many types of tears. Happy tears, anxious tears, angry tears, determined tears, loving tears, passionate tears, and more all reside within us and sometimes it is healthy and it simply feels good to let them out.
Is this what Jesus means when He says “Blessed are those who mourn?” You can probably surmise that the answer is no. Jesus is addressing something much deeper than tears in this passage. He’s speaking of a deep mourning and grief and that leads to blessing and divine comfort. Wow, how can this be? I can’t wait to work through this beatitude with you this Sunday. God’s word has much to say and His Spirit I pray will have much to do as He applies these truths to our hearts and lives. In preparation for our time together be sure to listen to the worship set and then consider this beatitude in light of what makes God weep and how that might shed light on what we as true believers ought to be mourning. Then consider the deep and true comfort we have in Christ.
I love you church. I can’t tell you what a joy and blessing it is to be part of this family. I cannot wait to worship with all of you this Sunday!
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