Monday, August 6, 2012

Mourning For Sins

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Mourning is the kind of grief that cannot be hidden.

It can be a deep sorrow for our own unworthiness that leads us to trust the Lord as our total Provider, seeking His presence and counsel (authority). Such action is rewarded by the Father’s gracious comfort.

It can also be for grief over the sorrow and suffering of this world. Blessed is the man who cares intensely for the sufferings, sorrows and needs of others.

Blessed are those whose hearts are broken
for the world’s suffering and
are deeply sorry for their sin and unworthiness,
for they will find the joy and comfort of God.

We need to mourn for the state of the church and Christians generally. In many countries, churches are weak and nominal, or are split by internal conflicts. There is need to mourn. There is need to mourn also for believers who have quit the struggle and crossed to the other side.

Mourn also for the poor quality of preaching, the lack of prayer and the deficiency of spiritual power. Mourn for those who come to the church only to find they are unwelcome. Mourn for Christians unwilling to introduce the light of Christ to them. Mourn for a church hiding its light, too scared to let it shine.

There is much to mourn for.
Yet, the promise is, if we mourn, comfort will come.

Let us repent of our self-sufficiency.

Oh Lord,
I mourn over my own sin and unworthiness.
And I mourn also for the deep and painful suffering
that I see around the world.
May I receive Your joy and comfort.

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