Blessed Are They That Mourn

March 18, 2017

Blessed Are They That Mourn

The second beatitude says “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)

That statement appears to be a contradiction. Is there anything good about mourning? Is it ever a pleasant experience? Jesus tells us that there can be blessing in mourning. We need to inquire into what he meant by that.

The loss of a loved one is not the only time Christians mourn. If we contemplate the bliss we could enjoy in this life if everyone was surrendered to the will of God, we would have reason to mourn. We have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy that bliss. We now live in a fallen world. We suffer from the wicked deeds of those around us. The farther people get from God, the more crime and unrest there is.

We mourn because people all around us are suffering. Sometimes they suffer because of the behavior of their loved ones. Christians suffer because their loved ones leave God out of their lives and aren’t enjoying the peace, comfort, and divine direction they could have if they would only let God have his way in their life. Parents and grandparents often suffer because their children and grandchildren have dropped out of church and have adopted a sinful life style. For the same reason marriage partners often suffer.

Some might have reason to question the teaching that God is love. I John 4:16 says “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” They might ask, “If God is love, why has he brought this grief into my life?” It is in times of grief that we learn to appreciate more than ever the love of God and others. God hasn’t promised that this life will be a bed of roses for us. John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

If we have the right reaction in times of grief and loss we will be rewarded with the blessing that God has promised. Job showed us the proper reaction. In Job 1:21 he said “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Isaiah 61:1-3 has some comforting words for those who mourn. “ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

When Christians are in a loving relationship with the Lord they have access to a wealth of comfort and consolation in times of mourning. The assurance that there is life after death gives us hope and consolation. I Thessalonians 4:13-14 says “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” Our God gives us a measure of consolation that no human being is capable of giving. II Corinthians 1:3-4 says “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” Psalm 34:18 says that God is neigh unto them of a broken heart. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” God also wants to use us to give comfort and consolation. It is our responsibility. In Isaiah 61:2 we read these words “Comfort all that mourn.” When Christians suffer the loss of a loved one they are comforted, not only by family members, but also by the love of their church family.

Bereavement and mourning isn’t something we wish for ourselves, but when it does come, God’s people are blessed above others because of the comfort they receive. That’s why you need to be a part of the family of God and of a Bible believing local church. God takes care of his own. His heart is touched when we mourn. You can be a part of the family of God by asking God to forgive you and make you a part of his family because of the sacrifice Christ made for you when he died on the cross. John 1:12 says “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

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