Blessed are Those Who Mourn

The second beatitude deals with mourning and comfort. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). This mourning is two-fold: it includes mourning over personal sin, as well as mourning over the sin present in society. Blomberg wrote, “Mourning includes grief caused by both personal sin and loss and social evil and oppression” (Blomberg, Matthew, 99). Christians should mourn over the sin in their own lives, as well as the sin that pervades their culture and the world.

The result of mourning our sin is the comfort of God. Only those who mourn their sin will “turn to God for forgiveness and help” (Osbourne, Matthew, Kindle Location 3296). Only mourners of sin repent and experience the grace and comfort of God. Those who mourn, however, will be comforted by God.

So, let’s be mourners. Mourn your own sin, and let your brokenness drive you to the cross. Mourn the sin around you, and pray for God to work in the midst of our sin-filled world.

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