Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

They Will Be Comforted

Matthew 5:4

©george hodan

©george hodan

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. The Lord has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken, to tell the captives they are free and prisoners they are released.” Isaiah 61:

As Jesus taught about who would be blessed in the new heaven on earth, he built each characteristic, one upon the other, in progressive order.

Godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret.” 1 Corinthians 7:10

Jesus used an analogy to speak of why he chose to eat with those whom first century society considered the lowly (tax collectors and sinners).

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:10-13

In the above analogy, Jesus compares healthy people to those people who think they are righteous (but really not). He compares those who are sick to those who know they are sinners. The Scripture he quotes is from Hosea 6:6 – “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me, more than I want burnt offerings.”

Jesus came to comfort us, to let us know that he reaches out to us and invites us into his family. Even though we sin, even though we mourn that we have made mistakes – sometimes serious ones – he came to take our sins upon himself and wash us clean.

After I came to the Lord, I carried guilt and shame for many years. Before I grew to know Him, I was sure that in certain circumstances, I was being punished for past sins. I was convinced that when my prayers weren’t answered, it was because I had done unforgivable things.

I knew the sins I had committed. I mourned and wept in private for years. I know in my attempt to do the right thing and find my way, I hurt other brothers and sisters in Christ. I struggled. I fell. I hid, convinced I would never be worthy of His forgiveness.

Now that I’ve opened my heart and come to know Him, nurture my love for Him, learn the words of Jesus and continue to mature in my understanding of what they mean, I realize that His gift of grace comes with no conditions. There is no punishment, no judgment, no condemnation. I recognize He answers prayer in a way that’s best for me, in His own time.

He comforts me daily through His word and through those He has chosen to use as vessels for His love, grace and light. He gives me peace beyond comprehension in the beauty of the mundane. He speaks to me through words of Scripture, a devotional, a song, a friend, or a stranger. How do I know His voice? Because He is my Shepherd.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

When I surrender to mourning with Him, admit I have no strength but His, and accept His unrecompensable gift of grace, I allow myself the ceaseless comfort of his constant presence, his unyielding faithfulness and his everlasting love.

Each time I feel completely void and empty on this journey, I get authentic with God. I weep to Him and He comforts me. He takes away my sorrow and fills me with His daily bread and living water; He sustains me. He binds up my heart just as He said He came to do.

I pray wherever you are on your journey, you allow Him to comfort you. “For everyone has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) You are in good company.

Remember what Jesus told us.

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1

Next Week: God Loves the Humble

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21 comments

  1. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog
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    1. Thank you for your kind comments and the follow. I appreciate it.

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  2. What’s up i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this
    post i thought i could also make comment due to this good paragraph.

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    1. Welcome! Thank you.

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  3. Ure realy a child of the creator. Your message just pierced my heart . Remain blessed

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    1. Thank you so very much. We are all His children, no matter our country, language or circumstance. Bless you, my friend.

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  4. ‘Now that I’ve opened my heart and come to know Him, nurture my love for Him, learn the words of Jesus and continue to mature in my understanding of what they mean, I realize that His gift of grace comes with no conditions. There is no punishment, no judgment, no condemnation. I recognize He answers prayer in a way that’s best for me, in His own time.’ I wish everyone would understand this. There are those who drift away from God because they fear He is vengeful. On a more personal note, I totally relate to this post Susan.
    I loved it.

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    1. Bless you, Aly. I appreciate that, and am glad it meant something to you. I think we relate on several levels.

      It saddens me when people choose to walk away from this pure and loving gift, either in anger, disappointment or unbelief. Anger closes them off to healing, disappointment to comfort, and unbelief to the very real possibility that something greater, something beyond comprehension exists.

      I continue to pray for open hearts and minds, for a thirst for God to develop, and for His love to surround them in whatever way they will see it.

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  5. Dr. Stanley reminds us, when we are too distraught to think or remember anything else, the simple prayer, “Jesus, Help me” can heal and comfort. If we can quote nothing else, surely we can utter that simple plea. A beautiful post, Susan.

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    1. Yes, Beth, I have prayed that quite often. Even just saying his name helps when I don’t know what else to say. It’s comforting in a way that is inexplicable. Thank you.

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  6. An absolutely wonderful post. Thank you, Susan.

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    1. Thank you, Skye. Have a great weekend, beautiful poet.

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      1. Awwww…you made me blush. You, as well. 🙂

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  7. “godly grief produces repentance”.
    You went right to the heart of this truth; our heart’s response to our own sin!
    God patiently waits until we “get it”, then He shows us how He has dealt with our sins because He loves us.
    After the mourning comes the comfort and reassurance of His love.

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    1. He is SO patient with us, isn’t He? Sometimes, it takes us forever to “get it.” 🙂 It’s a good thing we can count on Him to be our lifelong role model for grace and mercy with ourselves and with each other.

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  8. What a beautiful post to send us off on the weekend with.
    I can relate to so much of it.
    I found myself shaking my head in aggrement with you through the entire post.
    I too, have walked in shame for my past mistakes, but have since learned that he has forgotten them, and therefore, I should be singing his praises, not lamenting my sins.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and testimony with us.
    God Bless.

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    1. You know, since I’ve posted on Fridays, I’ve never really thought about sending readers off on the weekend with these articles. Thank you for that. I will look at these with fresh eyes now.

      Have a blessed weekend. ❤

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  9. Humility before the Lord is a product of a repentant heart — Without which, we cannot truly love and know Him. I am no better than the worst of sinners — only God’s merciful grace through Christ separates me from the wrath I deserve.

    Emptiness is essential to being filled by the Holy Spirit. This is how we can know beyond the shadow of the smallest doubt that His Word is true, an absolute vindication of our faith. We know the power does not come from ourselves. The evidence is unmistakable.

    Thank you for sharing this, Susan. 🙂

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    1. You’re so welcome. I think we are afraid to be empty because we equate it with loneliness. Emptiness is an opportunity to shift our thinking. It’s a transformative point in our lives for redemption and fulfillment rather than the empty calories of “filler.”
      Thank you for your seasoned comments.

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  10. Thank you for the reminder, sweet sister!

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    1. 🙂 We all need the reminder. None of us are perfect, and we need to lift each other. So good to hear from you.

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