Summary: A book I read once was called "Good Grief" and it said that something good can come from losing a loved one. Jesus said to His disciples on the mountain,"Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". Why did Jesus teach this to His Disciples?

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22/12/09 Pastorross | public entry | tags: , Good grief, Mourning, Repentance, Matthew 5, Sin | report

Matthew 5 - Part 3 - Good Grief!

I once read a counselling book about helping those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The book was called "Good Grief" and it said that something good can come from our loss. Jesus said to His disciples on the mountain,

"Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted". Why did Jesus teach this to the Disciples? What great leadership lesson is in that? It seems so basic. Is there more to this than meets the eye?

When my grandfather died I mourned my loss. I really loved him and missed him. I cried at his funeral. Though as a young boy I tried to be strong, great sobs welled up from within and I was left feeling the devastation of bereavement for some years to come. I have mourned over events that have taken place in my life that have hurt me deeply because of the loss that came through them. But what is Jesus trying to say here when he says...

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN - for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)?

In the original language this word for mourning is the strongest word for respect. It speaks of the deep mourning and wailing that wells up from the core of your soul over the death of a loved one. It is a desperate, helpless kind of sorrow.

Maybe Jesus is forewarning His disciples that one day there will come a time of mourning that will break their hearts. One day they would join His own mother in sobbing for the loss of her Son. Was He, even in the very early stages of His teaching, seeking to prepare His disciples for His own death?

I was reading a book called "Scared" the other day by Ken Davis. It is the story about a journalist in Africa and his encounter with an orphan girl who is starving. Although it is a novel, as I sat in the loungeroom reading, I felt a deep sorrow for the tragedy of her situation, and I could not contain it. Julie was sitting nearby as I began to quietly sob. I was unable to stop. I still find the emotions rising to the surface each time I think of what this young child endured at the hands of adults who were cruel and sinful in their actions. Is this the kind of sorrow of which Jesus spoke? A deep sorrow for sin, a broken heart over evil and suffering?

Is it the kind of sorrow we feel when we really see what it meant for Jesus to die on the Cross, and in brokenness and grief we fall at His feet in the dust, with sobs of repentance as we realize that our sins put Him there?

Do you mourn over your sin? It’s no use just feeling sorry about it. God wants us to do something about it. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NLT) says that "...the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow."

If you mourn over your sin and fail to repent then your mourning has not meant anything.

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)says "The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent."

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