Matthew 5:4 Mourning, By Faith

Matthew 5:4 Mounrning by Faith

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4

In the profound words of Jesus found in Matthew 5:4, we hear the comforting yet challenging proclamation: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Mourning is a universal human experience, and Jesus acknowledges the reality of our pain while promising comfort.

However, in the same breath, there is a call for us to examine the nature of our mourning – a cautionary reminder that the source and purpose of our grief matter deeply.

Understanding the Depth of Mourning

Mourning is not confined to the loss of a loved one; it encompasses a broad spectrum of human suffering. It could be the loss of a relationship, shattered dreams, the weight of personal sin, or the brokenness of the world around us. The Lord recognizes the depth of our sorrow and invites us to bring it to Him.

Mourning for the Right Reasons

While mourning is a natural response to pain, Jesus warns us about mourning for the wrong reasons – particularly, out of selfish ambition. Mourning driven by self-centered desires, envy, or a focus on personal gain is not aligned with the kingdom of God. It’s a reminder that our motives matter deeply to our Heavenly Father.

Selfish ambition can subtly seep into our grief, turning our sorrow into a pursuit of personal gain, attention, or validation. When mourning becomes a means to elevate ourselves or manipulate circumstances, it deviates from the purity of heart that Jesus calls us to maintain. It distorts the genuine vulnerability and humility that mourning should embody.

The promise of comfort for those who mourn is not a shallow assurance but a profound reality rooted in God’s character. True comfort is found in the arms of a loving Father who understands our pain intimately. When we mourn with a heart aligned with God’s kingdom, our comfort is not just a temporary relief but an eternal solace found in the unchanging nature of our Heavenly Father.

Grieving with Purpose

To mourn for the right reasons is to grieve with purpose. It involves acknowledging our brokenness, surrendering our pain to God, and allowing Him to work in and through our suffering. Mourning becomes a transformative journey where our hearts are refined, and we draw closer to the One who promises to wipe away every tear.

Jesus Himself exemplified the right kind of mourning. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He faced the impending agony of the cross, and His soul was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38). Yet, His mourning was not for selfish gain but for the redemption and salvation of humanity. It was a sacrificial mourning that embraced the will of the Father.

As we navigate the complexities of life and confront our own mourning, let us heed the cautionary words of Jesus. In times of sorrow, it is crucial to examine our hearts, motives, and the driving force behind our grief. Is our mourning aligned with God’s purposes, seeking His comfort and Kingdom, or is it tainted by selfish ambition?

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” In this beatitude, Jesus extends an invitation to a profound and purposeful journey of grief. It is a call to mourn authentically, seeking comfort in the presence of a loving God. As we navigate the valleys of sorrow, may our mourning be a reflection of a heart surrendered to God’s will, free from the trappings of selfish ambition. In this, we find not only comfort for today but blessed hope for eternity.

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Father God;
We thank you for your presence in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom bestowed upon Matthew,
And we ask you Lord to help us find joy in your perfect plan.

Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through your Word, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by the truth as we spread the good news to one and all,
And lead the lost to You.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us,
To bless our lives and fill us with hope.
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and our place with you in Heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done, here on Earth and through the vast Universe,
May our hearts be filled with your everlasting love and grace.
Praises to You God, Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre

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Daniel St.Pierre

Daniel St.Pierre is a born again child of God. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, Daniel considers himself "blessed to be a blessing" as the ministry he leads continues to reach thousands of souls each month, on a global scale since 2003.