Matthew 5:4. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”
Why does God love us so much? Why does He care so much? How does one explain God’s love for us? The simplest answer in my opinion is that God Himself is “Love!” Love, loves without explaining Himself.
“Blessed are they that mourn” What does this mean? It mean to have a broken heart. It is the strongest word possible for mourning. It is like the deep mourning and wailing that occurs over the death of a loved one. It is sorrow…a desperate, helpless sorrow. It is sorrow for sin, a broken heart over evil and suffering. It is a brokenness of self that comes from seeing Christ on the cross and realizing that our sins put Him there. Note several significant facts:
Who is it that mourns? Who is it so full of grief that he cries and weeps and utters groaning deep from within? There are three persons who mourn and utter such groaning:
The person who is desperately sorry for his sins and unworthiness before God. He has such a sense of sin that his heart is just broken
The person who really feels the desperate plight and terrible suffering of others. The tragedies,the problems the sinful behavior of others…the state, the condition the lostness of the world all weigh ever so heavily upon, the heart of the mourners
The person who experiences personal tragedy and intense trauma
Men are to mourn over their sins. This leads to confession and humility before God and results in being lifted up. James 4: 8-10.
The person who mourns is comforted by Christ Himself. Christ was called the “man of sorrow” and was acquainted with grief. He is able to help and to draw a person ever so close and to comfort and strengthen beyond imagination.
The reward for the believer that mourns – is “comfort.” They who mourn “shall be comforted.” There is a present comfort, a settled peace: a relief, a solace, a consolation within. They “shall be comforted” – an assurance of forgiveness and acceptance by God. Comforted – a fullness of joy – a sense of God’s presence, care and guidance; a sense of God’s sovereignty, a sense of His working all things out for the good to those who love Him Romans 8:28.
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” – that is God’s promise to you. You matter to God and don’t forget it. He loves you.
Because He is – I am