Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted

   My last post I talked about “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
We saw that to be poor in spirit had nothing to do with money , it had everything to do with being humble. The opposite of being prideful and self-centered. That we must admit to God that we are nothing and empty without Him. That we cannot think higher of ourselves then we should.

   Today I will talk about “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". Society with all their emphasis on masculinity put shame to those that show weakness, those that would cry at a drop of a hat, those that would have compassion for other people. In fact, the AFLCIO said that people do not have to be polite, don't have to be nice. They say that our first amendment rights allow us, if we want to, to curse at the police for pulling us over and giving us a ticket.

    A crying compassionate man is someone who lacks courage and/or integrity to hold himself together. And, on the other hand, a female, hysterical, emotional, irrational is seen as too sensitive and out of control. Just think what would happen if our world would face suffering and mourning the way God intended us to instead of burying them in mood altering things like alcohol, or drugs.

    Can you imagine the Jews sitting on that mountainside, listening to Jesus, expecting Him to change their circumstances and He says – ‘Blessed are those who mourn” “Blessed are the Meek.” Here it is in a nutshell! Jesus says blessed are those that have inner grief and carry that grief into the lives of those they come around. The born-again believer who professes Jesus Christ as Lord, inherits and possesses the characteristics of Christ, His deep love for others and his hatred of sin.

   The Christian is like a new born baby who does not know how to walk. Yet inside of him is the ability to walk. As he grows, he learns to walk. It is about drawing near to God. James 4:7-10 paraphrased. “Submit yourselves to God draw near to God and He will draw near to you, Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” We draw close to God because we are sinners in need of God, we need to be cleansed by God. We must come to God guiltless. The only way we do that is by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.

   How does a repentant sinner come to God? They come lamenting and mourning, weeping, humbly coming before God…. And the Word of God says, “Then, He will lift you up! God is looking for people, churches, that will mourn for their sins, mourn for the lost people that we come in contact with. Somehow we need to make peace with the fact that bad things happen to good people because we live in a fallen world. Growth happens to us when we’ve been through some form of suffering. What God whispers to us in our pleasures, he shouts to us in our pain. God's words tell us to have the right behavior, the right attitude, the right affections, to keep our eyes on Jesus, to stay focused. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted..... Amen!!!!!

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