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Blessed; a study in Matthew 5

Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.Matthew 5:4

When many people read this passage, they are unsure as to what they should walk away with. In our culture, most pain is to be avoided. And if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, people do not generally consider you fortunate.

Godly grief is a blessing

Paul writes a letter to the Corinthian church where he conveys the same point Jesus was trying to make here in Matthew.

For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it–though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Jesus was not uncomfortable with discomfort. Many of His teachings were to make people think and be uncomfortable; to shake them loose from their apathy and make them see how terrible their sin really was and how amazing God is. We have all sinned and fallen short, but He has given us a way to come to home.

God would have you grieve and turn away from your old self. Mourning our old life and giving ourselves fully to him, he is able to comfort and lead us to salvation without regret. When Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn”, the word for “mourn” is present tense. He did not intend for you to remain there.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17

My take on this:

Fortunate are those who realize their sin, experience godly grief, and seek after me, for they will find salvation and be comforted.


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Curt Blanshan / Youth Pastor, Tech, Lover of Bacon

Crazy in love with my wife and best friend, father to a little ball of energy I call my son, and passionate about youth ministry. When I get time, I try to keep up on tech. Oh, and I love bacon.

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