What Does It Mean To Mourn & Be Comforted
Matthew 5:4 Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
Matthew 5:4 talks about mourning and being comforted. Mourning is not always about a physical death. There is another type of mourning that Jesus is talking about here. Do you know? The mourning that is spoken of here is about your life and a nation unto Jesus. This scripture also talks about being comforted in your mourning. In this bible study we speak about two types of mourning. One being about your life lived out each day and the other will be about a nation. If you missed the bible study on Matthew 5 verse 3 “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs” then read this bible study “Why So Many Christians Are Unhappy” to get you caught up to Matthew verse 4.
MOURNING OVER YOUR LIFE
I did not understand why my life was filled with discouragement, dissatisfaction, and depression. I did what all the worldly wisdom said to do to get relieve. None of it worked for a very long time. As I was reading in Matthew chapter five I saw a picture of how life is to be unto Christ. Then I compared this to my life and then I was shown that my life did not live a lifestyle that agrees with and pleases God. This caused me to go into mourning. When we go into mourning because our life is the complete opposite of Matthew 5:4 we see who we truly are in God’s sight. Do you see your life as God sees you?
I did not see mourning as a blessing. Without faith in Jesus Christ there is only surface understanding of the grief in our heart. The worldly response does not bring true release. Our hearts today are swayed by words, anger, strife, people, and the things of this world. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord in Savior then we must not forget why we are born again.
In Matthew 5:4 it talks about those who mourn shall be comforted. In this verse you can see these two go together and you cannot have one without the other. What type of mourning and comfort is being spoken here?
- Mourn means to grieve over a death.
- Comfort means to encourage.
- Encourage means – make a call from being “close up and personal” (personally make a call). Refers to believers offering up evidence that stands up in God’s court.
What this means is the only evidence that stands up in God’s court is a heart that has received Christ and repented from sin against God. It is through Christ only that we are able to boldly come into the throne room of God.
Mourn Means to Grieve Over a Death
Living example of death to sin
In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul calls himself the chief sinner. Paul had blasphemed God and Jesus; he had killed and imprisoned Christians. Yes, God forgave Paul and used him in a mighty way but Paul in humility never forgot who he had been without the Living God in his heart. Paul knew without doubt Jesus Christ saved him from himself.
Life before Christ and life after Christ
I remember who I was and the things I was unhappy about before I met Jesus. I did not grieve over my sin and disobedience to God. I was not looking for Christ’s return. My life was all about me and was happy when I got my way and unhappy when I did not. I would focus on how others treated me unfairly. Therefore, I did not look to see all the mistreatment going on around me, and I did not see my fair share of dishing out mistreatment. When Jesus came to me that day, my choice was Him or me. I had tried all the worldly advice and I knew me wasn’t working. God filled my heart with love for Him and at the same time deep sorrow for the life of death I had been living.
Jesus gave me a revelation of Him, and His blood was applied to me at that very moment. My heart wept tears for a year, because my heart was full of sorrow for rejecting such love and acceptance, the very thing I had been longing for all those years. My tears fell because my heart was broken from the life I chose to live without God. God’s love filled my heart and overwhelmed me. He showed me that He will be my Heavenly Father and heaven will be my home through faith in Him. God gave me a new heart that day! Even today when I give Him my sorrow He gives me His Joy and Peace. Am I perfect, absolutely not so when I still have fits about not getting my way I instantly stop, and remember in scripture like Paul, I never forget who I am without Christ Jesus. I accepted Matthew 5 that says “I am blessed because….”
Now through the conviction of the Holy Spirit I mourn not only when I sin but over the sins of others. I mourn because I know heaven and hell are real. In my mourning I learned the blessing of being comforted. The comforter is the Holy Spirit and I now know God is on His throne in heaven. I am comforted knowing God’s in control. In Psalm 53:8 it says “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in and confidently rely on the loving-kindness and the mercy of God forever and ever. 9 I will thank You and confide in You forever, because You have done it [delivered me and kept me safe]. I will wait on, hope in and expect in Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your saints (Your kind and pious ones).” God’s word brings me great comfort because I know He is real and Jesus Christ is alive. God is faithful to His Word and His character.
Life comes with suffering and there is no comfort for those who do not see Christ in the midst of their trial and suffering. There is only blame, guilt, shame and using their intelligence to make life better. Do you see God as good in the middle of your trial and suffering or do you see Him as a crutch? Do you believe Jesus is there with you?
MOURNING OVER A NATION
Life of Isaiah and His people
Christians not only mourn over their personal sins but also the sins of others and nations. What is it to mourn for others? In Isaiah 6:1-8 great changes had taken place in Isaiah’s life, his King had died. The people he dwelt with spoke of God and participated in religion, but their ways, words and thoughts in their lifestyle did not give honor or reverence to God. It was at that time God opened His throne room for Isaiah to see Him.
Isaiah 6:3 They called to each other and said, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory.” 4 Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts, and the temple filled with smoke. 5 So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips (Unclean means – contaminate, treat God’s Holiness with disrespect) is sinful. I live among people with sinful lips. I have seen the king, the Lord of Armies!” 6 Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”
When Isaiah saw God’s Holiness, he came face to face with the ungodliness of himself and those he knew. Isaiah in deep repentance and sorrow received forgiveness and God used him greatly. It is here we see Isaiah go from knowing about God, religion, to knowing God personally, relationship, and Isaiah devoted himself and humbly gave himself to God. God ask, whom shall I send? Isaiah said I am here, send me. Isaiah said this without asking one question about his safety, provision, or ease.
The Life of Nehemiah
Nehemiah saw a group of Jews who had escaped captivity, and among them he saw his relative. Nehemiah asked his relative about the surviving Jews who had escaped and about the city of Jerusalem. The answer given to Nehemiah was “the remnant there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble, the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are destroyed by fire.” (Nehemiah 1:3)
Nehemiah’s response to the answer was “he sat down, wept, mourned, and fasted for days, praying constantly to God” (Nehemiah 1:4).
Nehemiah mourned over the people and the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s prayer focuses on the mercy of God, other people, and repenting for the sins of his nation. Below is a breakdown of his prayer Nehemiah 1:5-11
Nehemiah’s prayer starts off with God is great, keeps His covenant, is loving-kindness, and has mercy for those who love and obey Him. Nehemiah asked God to hear his prayer not only for him but for all God’s people. He goes on to say, God, WE have sinned against you, me and my father’s house. We acted corruptly (unclean) against God. We did not obey God. God I know if we return to you and obey, You will gather us back to Jerusalem. God you will once again shower your people with mercy and return us to safety.
WHAT DOES MOURNING AND COMFORT LOOK LIKE
Believers there are no true blessing or comfort without mourning. Are you experiencing God’s comfort, the peace that passes understanding and the love of Christ that passes all knowledge?
Do you allow the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin which brings grief, causes you to repent and leads to the comfort of encouraging change? Do you grieve over the lost and the spiraling idolatry and immorality of man?
In the times which we live and the times that are coming, the believer who lives their life pleasing to God will mourn and be blessed with comfort. When the Holy Spirit comforts you in the middle of your sorrow, you who are yielded to the Holy Spirit will be used to offer the true blessing of comfort to another who is mourning. As a Christian your life is not about you, it is about coming to know God more and more, loving and obeying Christ, loving others God’s way and serving others God’ s way. Do not be deceived and fall for the lie God wants you to be happy and rich with worldly anything. God’s will is for His people to be holy because He is holy.
John 14:16-18 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever— 17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
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