Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
Blessed are they who mourn-those who care deeply—for they shall be comforted. The Greek word used for "mourn" is the strongest word in that language for mourning; it is the word used to designate mourning for the dead.
To mourn is to care deeply, to know godly sorrow for sin, to be deeply concerned about the evil in the world and to know the meaning of suffering because of the sin, injustice, and perversion in society.
We should mourn over sin and despise it. We should see sin the way God sees it and seek to treat it the way God does. Those who cover sin or defend sin certainly have the wrong attitude. We should not only mourn over our sins, but we should also meekly submit to God, and also mourn over the sins of those who are lost.
Meekness is not weakness, for both Moses and Jesus were meek men (Numbers 12:3; Matthew 11:29). This word translated “meek” was used by the Greeks to describe a horse that had been broken. It refers to power under control.
There are times that we mourn deeply. Remember that this word "mourn" is from a Greek word that means "lamenting for someone who has died." Many times I have stood beside the casket of someone who was dearly loved and heard their family members in deep mourning. It is a sad time and occasion that will break even the hardest heart.
Some of you reading this blog today are heart broken. You feel as if your heart is about to explode. Maybe your brokenness comes from a son or daugther who has completely removed them self from your life. Maybe your heartbroken because of your spouses indiscretion, or maybe because someone you loved just received a bad report from a doctor. Maybe your job has become a place you absolutely dread to go back to on Monday mornings. Maybe you have failed God miserably at school, or with someone you are dating, and you are in mourning. Or maybe financially, you are just about ruined, and your heart breaks.
Whatever the reason for your mourning, you and I have a promise from Jesus. He promises that those who mourn WILL BE comforted. How will we be comforted?
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John_14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John_15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John_16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Jesus assures of the comfort of God, for in this realism one draws near to God and God in turn draws near to him. There is a direct relationship between the word for "comfort" and the word describing the Holy Spirit as the Comforter for the believer (John 14:16).
As we live with a repentant spirit we open ourselves to the presence of God. The Comforter will encourage, strengthen, and lead our heart. As we mourn the lost, our hearts are in one with Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit will bring comfort. He will bring our heart close to the heart of The Father, and we will draw strength and comfort. That is a PROMISE from Jesus, who cannot lie!
The psalmist wrote, "A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise" (Psalm 51:17 KJV).
"Lord, there are times my heart feels broken. Time I do not know what to do. I grieve deeply, but I am so thankful for this promise today. You said that those who mourn will be comforted. I am thankful this comfort comes from Your Holy Spirit. I want to walk with an awareness of Your Spirit today, in Jesus name, amen!"