Matthew 5:4 ” Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.
As we start this second beatitude I want us to realize that one beatitude leads to another. Verse 3 leads to verse 4 and verse 4 to verse 5 and so on. We must take them all, believe them all, practice them all. There is a progression from one to another. Poor in spirit was to be humble by seeing your sinfulness before God. Knowing your sin, and coming to a knowledge of it. But as we move to verse 4, it is the effect of what happens to your soul and your spirit when you realize your a sinner. Verse 4 is a continuation of the attitude one must have before God because of our sin nature. Christ is speaking of a special mourning, a mourning unique to citizens of the Kingdom. This mourning is a deep and violent grief, one of inner agony. This mourning is not what we think about usually by cause of a physical loss, but by the illumination of our faults through the word of God. A mourning that produces repentance and leads to forgiveness. In other words, when you hear the gospel, the two edged sword that pierces your soul and convicts you of wrong at that moment, their is a mourning that leads to repentance of that wrong. You are sorry for that wrong and it leads to comfort. We live in a society that everything is made a joke of, everything must be poked fun at. There is nothing sacred. People don’t want to feel uncomfortable, or unhappy, people don’t want to be sad or to mourn. But they don’t mind if they make others sad. But Jesus says if you don’t mourn for your own sin, if your not poor in the spirit and never mourn over sin, you’ll never be saved. Because in order to be saved you must see your sin and if you don’t mourn you haven’t seen it. But not everyone mourns when sin is revealed.( 1 Timothy 4:1-2, Ephesians 4:19.) 1) Many feel the pain but deny it and protest it. But if it is denied, the pain becomes less and less until at last it is possible to get over the pain. Perhaps at one time they could mourn but they have suppressed it so often they have become insensitive and hardened. 2) Many are just stubborn. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Perhaps all of us were this way before we came to Christ, we really didn’t think we were all that bad of a person. We were blinded by sin and really just didn’t want to give up the sinning. 3) But there are many that do mourn when they come to the point of Godly sorrow. (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). Our mourning leads us to a change of mind resulting in a change of life. Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation. It means it leads to deliverance from any type of sin, bondage or affliction in your life. The sorrow of this world is not true repentance but more of a remorse which produces bitterness, hardness, despair and eventually death. I think it is best illustrated by the life of Judas Iscariot who sold out Jesus. Finally, There are so many that sorrow over earthly losses with no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13). But as Christians we have hope, for those who mourn because of their sins and are willing to turn to God are assured they will find comfort and peace. You see when we mourn in the spirit the best thing to do is obey Christ. True comfort and true happiness comes from true forgiveness. And being forgiven is an emotion that defies description. It is the relief of an enormous burden lifted, of a debt cancelled, of a conscience at rest. Guilt is gone and peace is enjoyed.