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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Matthew 5:4

 
"Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

You know if you see yourself properly, you begin to mourn over your situation. We equate mourning with death or the loss of life, and when you realize that you are spiritually dead, mourning is the natural reaction. The word "mourn" here means just that, "To wail and lament," and when you find yourself in that situation, comfort isn't something that is easily found on its own.

When you are mourning over the death of family and friends, you'll gather together to seek comfort and hope, but even then it is difficult to find. No amount of good wishes and words of encouragement will bring them back to life. So how inconsolable are we when we find that we are spiritually dead and there is nothing we or anyone else can do to give us life.

But Jesus says here that those who realize their spiritual condition and mourn in their heart, are in a blessed place because they are in a place where God can do what no one else can. Paul said in Romans 6, "We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

So how blessed are we who have found new life in Jesus' death and resurrection? Our morning has been turned to joy as we find comfort in this place of great blessing!

Pastor Doug Hardin

 

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