4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).
Life does not all of a sudden become fair when we come to Christ. This is not a “the good guy wins” scenario where justice is always met, suffering is completely alleviated, and the wrong is made right again. Because although the curse has been broken its painful effects are still felt. We are not home yet.
Why do we suffer? Why do we mourn? We watch loved ones die, marriages fail, mothers miscarry, honest workers get laid off, children experience cancer, and we beg for God’s mercy. We mourn because it is the only thing to do when we face suffering. Jesus Himself wept, and He knew Lazarus was about to rise again.
Jesus wept, yes, but He never mourned. Jesus never mourned because although He can sympathize with our weakness He was without sin (see Hebrews 4:15). We mourn because we sin. We see death, tragedy, failure, sickness, and disasters- we feel the effects of the Fall, but we mourn when we acknowledge that we are to blame for it and need redemption. We have rejected God and are sorrowful over our sins recognizing our need for a Savior.
This is why Jesus came- to break the curse and bring comfort to those who mourn.
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
We repent once for salvation, but we repent continually as evidence of our salvation. If we habitually sin with no remorse or concern for our relationship with God then we must consider whether or not we truly know Him. Repentance must be a daily practice in the life of the believer if we are to grow in holiness and in communion with the Lord. It is not that we repent to keep our salvation secure, it is that we repent because we are sorrowful over sin, and this is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Is repentance a common practice for you? I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes I take grace for granted and allow “hidden faults” or “secret sins” to fester in my heart. I become spiritually proud when I do this as if I do not need to repent. Yesterday we looked at how in order for us to go up (grow in spiritual maturity), we must go down (humility). Repentance is a common practice in a spiritually humble person. Take time today to assess your personal holiness. Is there anything you need to repent of? Ask God to reveal anything that goes against His will in your life. Make this a daily practice in walk with the Lord, and receive God’s forgiveness and comfort.
Jesus promises comfort for those who mourn. We are blessed when we mourn over our sins and know our need of a Savior. We need Him not only once for salvation, but every day while we await His return and our home with Him. We are not home yet, but He is coming soon to bring us there. So, we wait and we mourn, believing that it will not always be like this. One day there will be no more sin and no need to mourn. Come, Lord Jesus!
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”