• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Lent - Day 2 - A Study of Mathew 5

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

It’s hard to imagine when you are going through it that mourning could ever lead to anything of joy or happiness, let alone blessing. But that is exactly what Jesus said it will do.

Now there are different kinds of mourning or at least different ways we grieve. There is the heart breaking grief and mourning that attend the loss of a loved one, a sibling, a parent, a child or friend. There is a different kind of mourning that attends a sense of a loss of a desired opportunity or long sought after achievement that was never realized, There is also the mourning that attends the loss of place, position or ability, or the loss of things, property, keepsakes, treasures. Then there is the mourning that attends the loss of hope, of expectation of good and the resignation to an undesired end.

Whatever the cause of the mourning Jesus says the antidote is comfort and particularly mourning where the heart is grieved when life is taken or cut short in its prime or before it has a chance to realize it’s destiny.

Apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ mourning has no purpose, no end or reason. It is just unrelenting sadness of the heart. But in Jesus mourning is a means of grace, an opportunity for the love of God to manifest in our levels at the deepest levels of comfort and ultimately restored joy.

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Yes, joy does come, because that is God’s default position on all matters of life, that we should have it and have it more abundantly. Death and dying are anomalies in the created order of things. To have righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit is God’s intended purpose for us, now and in the world to come.

When mourning comes into our lives, we can respond to it with the hope that the promises of Jesus are yes and amen. In mourning we are blessed because in it we receive the comfort of God by the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.

The mourner is blessed not to remain in mourning, but to be comforted and restored to joy.


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