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Summary: Second in a series of sermons on the Beatitudes - developing Christian character

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Blessed are Those Who Mourn

TEXT: Mat 5:4

INTRODUCTION

· Read book recently; author said Xns too busy - learning & doing

Õ BS, Conf, Tapes, Books, doing this & that

Õ Overlook developing Xn Character

· What J was talking ab in the Beatitudes

Õ "Being" rather than "doing"

Õ Conduct flows out of character

· Each one starts w/ "blessed"

Õ Internal joy not based on circumstances

I. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN

A. Paradox – Ever met anyone in mourning who felt blessed?

1. How does blessed go together w/ joy & mourning/sorrow?

2. We do all we can to avoid sorrow & pain

a. Called a masochist if you desire it or enjoy it

B. What is Jesus saying?

1. Keep it in context

a. Vs 3: "Blessed are poor in spirit"

b. "...recognize & admit their spir pov/sinfulness B4 a holy God"

2. "Blessed are those who mourn/are sorrowful for their sin"

3. Jesus talking about our response to our sin

C. A number of ways we can respond to our sin

1. Rationalization (talked about last time as a barrier)

a. Twist things around in our minds so it’s OK

(IL) Brenda, w/out good reason divorced husband, then began l living w/ another guy. Tried to tell me how God had brought them together. She not only rationalized her sin, but tried to give God the credit for it

2. Make excuses/blame others

a. Adam blamed Eve & Eve blamed the serpent

b. Excuses/blame without accepting responsibility & admitting sin

3. Deny it

a. Pharisees - allowed religious teaching & tradition to be more important than Word of God

b. Us: allow our ideas, society, religious tradition to determine sin rather than the Word of God, which needs to be our authority

and standard

c. Someone – “People do not reject the Bible because it

contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.”

4. Admit it & try to change ourselves

a. New Year’s Resolutions, Self-Improvement books & programs

5. Laugh about it

a. Laugh about what they did when they were drunk

b. Make light of the way their revenge or selfishness hurt another

6. Despair over it

a. Judas betrayed J, saw J was condemned, went & committed suicide

7. Mourn over it

a. Peter denied Jesus 3 times

b. When convicted went out & wept bitterly. In pain/sorrow cause of his sin, repented, forgiven, put it behind him

c. Became leader of Jerusalem church

D. Needs to be the right kind of sorrow (3 kinds)

1. Sorrow of life - experienced by Q1

a. Death of loved one, separation, loneliness, discouragement, disappointment, problems & trials of life

2. Selfish sorrow

a. Sorry for yourself because don’t get what you want

b. Kind of an immature self-pity

c. Leads to pouting, anger, manipulating others

3. Godly sorrow

a. Sorrow for sin that leads to repentance

b. II Cor 7:10 - "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation & leaves no regret..."

c. Repent: "to change one’s mind"

d. Godly sorrow causes a person to change their mind about sin & that changing of mind leads to salv in JC

e. Rather than continuing in sin, they come to G for 4giveness, and quit practicing the sin

(IL) The Prodigal Son

"Father, I have sinned ag heaven & ag you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your servants."


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