Blessed Comfort

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
(Matthew 5:4)

Attending the funeral of a loved one often produces much sadness and sorrow. The feelings of grief, of loss, of words left unsaid, can be overwhelming.

A person’s mourning can be loud and unapologetic. They are simply devastated, and are not afraid to show it.

That’s the attitude God has – and wants us to have – regarding our sin.

If we knew how much it hurt Him, it would be easier to mourn.

But today, we have grown more and more desensitized to sin; and sometimes worse – downright rebellious. (Romans 1:24-27)

The problem is that “the person who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)

Yikes!

“But the gift of grace is life through the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 3:24)

It is a free gift – offered to anyone who wants it. (John 3:16)

The sad truth, however, is that many people simply do not care about their sin, or it’s effect on those around them, or it’s effect on their afterlife. Why accept a gift – even if it is free – if you feel like you don’t need it?

This causes people to grow calluses over their hearts. They do not care, thus, they do not mourn.

But the infinite grace and wisdom of the Lord is the simultaneous understanding that we need to mourn because our sin has condemned us to the grave, but that in mourning, we receive comfort!

Do not get carried away with unnecessary guilt tripping or spending too much time in the mourning phase. Because that isn’t the point.

The point is not to stay there, but to get there; and then to move on to the rejoicing phase.

“He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Isaiah 61:2)

Amen!