Matthew 5:4 - The Blessing of Mourning is Comfort.
Matthew 5:4 (NIV) Blessed are those who
mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NLT) God blesses those who
mourn, for they will be comforted.
A man in my neighborhood was robbed and
beaten to death. I saw the report on the evening
news. While I did not recognize the mans name
or face, I grieved the loss of his life. I
grieved for my city that is plagued with high rates
of unemployment, poverty, and crime. I have
considered packing up and moving to another
neighborhood or another city and state. Each time I make
this proposal to my husband, he reminds me that
unemployment, poverty, and crime are problems across the
nation. He is right.
There is nowhere to run from these
problems. My protection or safekeeping is not a place.
My protection is a person, and His name is
Jesus. Gospel artists sing, Jesus is a fence!
And what is considered the Psalm of Protection
says, Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most
High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I
will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my
fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm
Newspaper headlines make it clear that no
city is without the presence of evil. While
school students engage in community service and
volunteer work, school shootings are at an all-time
high. While police officers serve and protect,
incidents of police brutality also occur with
saddening regularity. In life, we have a myriad of
reasons to mourn, and by all means, let us freely
mourn because there is a promise in our tears.
When our hearts are heavy, Jesus comes quickly to
comfort us. His arms embrace us. He is our safe
harbor and rock for all the ages. by Alice Thompson
Faith Step: Throughout the day, softly
say the name of Jesus. Feel the power of His
name seal you in His peace and protection.
[Mornings With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and
We want to add words to the blessing. We
want an explanation of why the mourners mourn.
Are they grieving death? Their own sin? The
condition of the world? The suffering they must
endure? It could be any of these. It could even be
all of them. All we know is that Jesus promises
comfort to the brokenhearted.
That, too, is an ancient theme in
Scripture. Psalm 34:17-19 declares it clearly,
specifically with regard to those who suffer because of
or in spite of their righteousness. The world
is a place of many trials and troubles, and
things don't always work out well for those who
believe. Only redemption promises glory and makes our
lives ultimately worthwhile. As Paul would say, if
our hope is only in this life, we should be
pitied above all others (1 Corinthians 15:19). But
current suffering is never worth comparing to future
glory (Romans 8:18). Broken hearts, crushed
spirits, and days of mourning come to an end.
This is the promise of Jesus. He came to
destroy the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8). He
undoes all kinds of evil and its consequences,
offering beauty for ashes and joy instead of mourning
(Isaiah 61:3). His ministry wipes away every tear
(Revelation 21:4). The mourning of the heart is
temporary; the comfort of God lasts forever.
Even so, the culture of the Kingdom does
not demand that we get rid of a broken heart as
quickly as possible. There's no need to cover it up,
no need to fake a smile, no need to pretend to
be happy when our hearts are crushed. We should
be relentless optimists; in the Kingdom of God,
the best is always yet to come. But mourning is
an appropriate response to the brokenness of
this world and of our own lives.
Don't embrace mourning as a friend, but
don't see it as an enemy either. It opens your
heart to the promises of God and the joys of His
Kingdom. It turns your face toward glory, now and
forever. And it comes with a promise of joy. [The One
Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris
THE GRIEVING ASPECT OF MOURNING
Grief is letting go of something we've
lost. It's saying, "Goodbye. I can't keep you.
You've left me." If our health has left us, we say
goodbye to it. If we've lost a business, we say
goodbye to the financial security. If a person has
died, we say goodbye to that relationship. This
saying goodbye is necessary for our well-being. The
function of grief is that it gives us an outlet for
our sadness and loss. Without it, we can
actually get stuck in anxiety, depression, or anger.
Grief says, "I've got to empty out the pain so
that I can eventually move on.
Weeping and other physical expressions of
grief actually help us renew our minds. Weeping
helps us let go and move on. If you have suffered
a loss that you haven't gotten over, consider
doing something physical to honor that loss.
Consider talking to a friend about it. We are able to
move through grief when we share it with another
Mourning is a part of life. Comfort comes
when we pour out our grief through tears and
allow a friend to meet us in the midst of it. [The
Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
Matthew 5:4 - Blessings in Grief and Sorrow:
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
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Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio (currently live):
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: