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Be-attitudes: Mourners | Matthew 5:4

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 (NASB)

Be-attitudes

Jesus continues His Sermon on Christian living (Sermon on the Mount) with the establishment of the foundation: the be-attitides. These teach us who we are (or should strive to be). Later in the Sermon He will teach how we should behave as His followers.

You may have noticed the counterintuitive nature of these statements. Yesterday was “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Today is “Blessed are those who mourn”. We wouldn’t normally consider ourselves blessed in these situations. Who wants to be poor or to mourn. These are painful, not desirable; surely not blessed! But as we saw yesterday, Jesus sheds new light on our understanding of painful or difficult situations. He’ll continue to do this.

Those who mourn

The second blessed group or people are those who mourn. Mourning has to do with loss and grieving. Again, not things we would normally feel happy about. So what kind of mourning is Jesus talking about? Is there a blessed or good kind of mourning?

As I reflect on this and read commentaries like Barnes, the consensus of opinion seems to be that the mourning is for our sin and I would agree. We sin against the Lord. We offend Him, reject Him – even slap Him in the face.

Blessing in mourning

The blessing is not in the mourning itself. Mourning is sad, full stop. The blessing is in the comfort. Have you been in a situation of mourning and crying out to God for strength to even carry on or wisdom to know what to do next? Then a refreshing wind of the Spirit blows bringing the truth of the Word and comfort from God. It is such an overwhelming sensation – knowing that God is there, He is there with you, He is Immanual, God with you, bringing comfort. In that time, you feel so blessed. But ithout the pain of the loss, you would have no need for this comfort.

Comfort

This is why one of my favorite verses on comfort, which I “coincidentally” just reviewed in my daily Bible memorization today is 2 Cor 1:3-4: “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.” 

Along with this is a wonderful poem posted below. For those in the depth of suffering and mourning, this poem does wonders to bring comfort. God doesn’t remove the mourning, but gives comfort to deal with it.

RЯeflection

  • Are you mourning a loss presently? Or maybe you suffered a loss recently that you are still reeling from the effects of. Take heart. Reach out to the God of all comfort. 
  • Meditate on 2 Cor 1:3-4. Consider the word all. Consider the purpose of suffering. Take delight in the God of all comfort.
Footprints in the sand poem. Image from Amazon.com *

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