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Blessed are those who Mourn

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Sermon shared by Scott Kircher

February 2010
Summary: Are there times that we won't find comfort when we mourn and what is Jesus talking about when he says blessed are those who mourn?
Audience: General adults
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Blessed are those who mourn
Matthew 5:4 - Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Slide
Intro
Don’t worry be happy.
Put on a happy face.
Turn that frown upside down
Don’t be so sad.
Choose happy.
Hope your day is a happy one.

Those are sayings you have probably heard many times throughout the years.
We want people to be happy.

How many times have you heard,
Don’t worry, Be sad
Put on a sad face
Hope you have a really sorrowful day today
Choose to be grief filled.

There aren’t too many sayings, if any, that direct us to be sad.

That is, other than what Jesus said in the beatitude we are going to be discussing today.

We began a series in the beatitudes last week and we talked about the first one,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall inherit the kingdom of God” (Matthew 5:3).

This morning we are going to talk about the next thing Jesus said as He began the Sermon on the Mount.
In Matthew 5:4, Jesus says,
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Slide

Blessed are those who mourn? Really? That is so opposite of anything we would think.

We think
blessed are those who are happy.
Blessed are those who are healthy.
But Blessed are those who mourn? That doesn’t sound like being blessed to me.

What in the world does Jesus mean by this statement?
We are going to examine this a bit closer today so we can
better understand what He means and
experience the comfort that He talks about

To start, I want us to understand the meaning of the terms and then ask some questions when we can expect to find comfort in mourning and when we can’t

We need to remember from last week how we defined blessed.

Blessed, in this context, we defined as “having and experiencing God’s approval.”
Definitions:
Blessed = Having and Experiencing God’s Approval
Slide

Experiencing God’s approval is a great blessing and it is a great feeling.

We looked at it like getting your parents approval for something you have done, just a great feeling inside.

The next word we need to define is Mourn.
Mourn = to express Grief, Sorrow or Regret
Slide
Now we understand mourning normally in the context of someone dying, but we can mourn, or express grief, sorrow, or regret over many things besides just the death of someone.

We can grieve that we did not get a promotion at work
We can regret and mourn an action we have taken that has consequences we do not want.

We do not only mourn due to death, but a loss or feeling of loss of any kind.

So, using the definitions we have established, the phrase would read
Slide
“Having and experiencing God’s approval are those that express Grief, sorrow or regret, for they shall be comforted.”

Question
Now the question that comes to my mind is “Will anyone who is mourning for any reason, experience God’s approval by receiving His comfort?”

I would argue that
to find God’s comfort depends on what and how we are mourning

Disclaimer
Now before we begin, I believe that true comfort in our mourning can really only be had by those who are in a relationship with the Lord. Without Christ, I believe we just end up medicating ourselves in some fashion to alleviate the pain we experience
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