Blessed are they that mourn

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Mt. 5:4)

Mourning is generally associated with sorrowful situations, yet Jesus declared mourning that attracts blessings, a soothing comfort. It is a type of godly sorrow or mourning that leads to repentance from bad conducts (2Cor.7:10).

There can be no conversion without conviction and in between this is repentance. At the point of conviction, we regret or mourn our conduct leading to repentance at which point we are comforted and rewarded with conversion (Jn.1:12). Power is released for us to become what God has in store for us. Generally, lack of conviction makes a sinner or an offender find explanation for his sin or error. No wonder such a fellow neither gets comforted nor converted and will sooner or later repeat the error.

King David regretted his sin of adultery and cried and mourned to God before he was comforted (Ps.51, 2Sam.12:24). The prodigal son came to himself, recognized his error and mourned. He was comforted in the arm of his father as he returned home (Lk.15:20-24). Peter denied Christ before the cock crowed, wept bitterly mourning for his error and God comforted him and restored him to secure his eternal destination Jn.21:15-17. King Saul failed to mourn for his error, choosing rather to be acceptable to the people and lost the opportunity of being restored and comforted (1Sam.16:14). Judas Iscariot chose the sorrow of the earth that leads to death as against mourning before God. He died without being comforted Mt.27:3-5. Samson never mourned or regretted his sins, he violated every condition of his consecration and es expected never received comfort and so he died with his enemies.

God will also comfort those who mourn before him for the deplorable situation of their nation and moral decadence among the populace. Nehemiah cried and was comforted (Neh.1:4; 6:15), Daniel mourned and was comforted (Dn.9:2-3, 20-23), what would you do?

Beloved, have you mourned for your errors or you have joined the company of those who explain away their sins and error? If you have done the latter, I am afraid to tell you that you shall never be comforted. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”(Pr.28:13)

TODAY, if we want beauty for our ashes, the oil of joy for our mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, the comforting hand of God on all sides, then it is time to follow the spirit of the oracle in Isaiah 61:1-3. Then we can receive the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (mourning).


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