Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 9, 2017

Mourn

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:04 am

Matthew 5:4 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

 When Jesus talked about mourning He was not talking about the grief that’s experienced when a loved one dies.  He was talking about mourning our sin nature.  It is only as we realize how much our sin nature separates us from experience the love of God that we can mourn sin’s effects on us and on our relationship with Him.  We tend to find excuses for sin.  We tend to put God on a shelf to keep Him there until something really massive occurs and we’ve exhausted any other source.  It is only in really mourning, really hating our sin that we can truly receive the comfort of God.  He comforts us with the assurance of His love and His total forgiveness.  Yesterday I preached about regrets.  To have a regret means we have not recognize the act, words spoken or lack of act or words spoken can be confessed to God and forgiven.  If we choose to wallow in regret we are not believing God when He says He loves us and forgives, yes even forgets, any confessed sin.  Mourning brings confession which brings forgiveness which restores intimate, loving relationship.  Our question is do we really mourn the things that separate us from the Oneness with God which Jesus prayed for us just before He faced the cross?

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