Mourn • Devotion #4: Godly Grief

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” These words, said by Jesus Himself in Matthew 5:4, make up one of the most famous sermons in history. You have probably heard it called “The Sermon on the Mount.” I have had the privilege of visiting the spot where Jesus likely said these words, on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Israel, and that picture will live in my head and heart for life! It is easy to read over that sermon, as I have done my entire life, and gloss over the words and what Jesus was actually saying.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Upon quickly reading that it sounds nice enough. Who does not want to be comforted when they are mourning and grieving? Not to mention, life can be so difficult and hard. We all will have times of grieving and mourning. I know for a fact that during these times, the Lord does comfort His children. For those who know Him as Savior, He has given us the most wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit, the One who is actually called “the Comforter.” If you are in a state of despair, mourning the loss of a person, a life, or even a concept, cling to the Lord. Rest in His promise of peace and let Him comfort you today.

I could easily go on and on about how the Lord comforts His children as they mourn, which seems like what this verse is referring to, but I want to look at it from a different angle. While looking at it that way is certainly true, it might not have been what Jesus was talking about when He spoke to His Jewish audience. Many scholars of the Bible believe that Jesus was not talking about the sorrows of the world and the many losses that we may see over our lifetime, but instead the mourning over the sin that has stained our souls. When Jesus came to the Earth 2,000 years ago, He accomplished many things. He tangibly comforted the hurting, changed the way people thought, brought physical healing, and performed many miracles. He still does this today! However, His main mission was to bring salvation to the lost. Who exactly is lost? Each and every one of us is lost!

The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Every single person is born with the stain of sin, separated from the one true perfect and Holy God. Because of God’s goodness, He created a way to bridge the gap. He sent His Son Jesus to come to this Earth as a servant and to preach repentance (the turning away from our sin). He then offered Himself as the only sufficient sacrifice for those sins, dying on a cross for us, and then rising to life three days later. For the sinner who becomes a saint through the cleansing blood of Jesus, there is no greater comfort than the Gospel! When we look upon our sin as what it is, the offensive and disgusting thing that separates us from God, it should lead to weeping and mourning. Strangely enough, it is when we grieve over our sin that we find the true and ultimate comfort. In 2 Corinthians 7:10, Paul says, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation.” The promise of salvation is a special kind of comfort, the very best kind, one in which we are pardoned, purified, and restored to the Father through Jesus Christ.

If you know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you can take ultimate comfort in the fact that your sins have been forgiven. When Jesus said that you would be blessed because of your mourning, He was not kidding! There is no greater blessing than the gift of salvation. You also now have the benefit of the Holy Spirit living inside of you, bringing you peace, joy, and rest.

Even though you will face many trials in this life, you can rest assured that God is in control and is working all things out for your good. If you have not yet put your hope and trust in Jesus to save you, today is the day! Simply ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you, and to reveal the disgusting sin that is standing in the way of a relationship with Him. There is nothing that you can do to get rid of that sin. Only Jesus can do that, and if you confess that you are a sinner and truly believe that only Jesus can save you from that sin, He is faithful and just to forgive you! That is where true comfort begins! If this is you today, please reach out and let us know. We would love to help you with the next steps, helping you grow in your new relationship with the Lord. I may not know you yet, but I am praying for you!

Be blessed!

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