Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Beatitude 2 – Happy are those who Mourn
Matthew 5v3 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
This verse seems quite bizarre in the world’s eyes – surely those who party are ones who are happy and blessed?
Though this verse is often used at funerals, most commentators agree that Jesus is primarily referring to his followers mourning with regards to sin. It is a sorrow of heart at both our own sin and the sin in the world. This is an appropriate response to sin: Jesus himself wept over Jerusalem because they had not responded to him. Is my heart moved by sin?
The beauty for those in the kingdom of God is that we can go to the cross whether for our own sin or those of others. The cross brings us forgiveness and assurance of our acceptance by our heavenly Father. In the cross and resurrection we also find hope for tomorrow as we know God has the power to answer our prayers. And ultimately we have hope in the eradication of all sin in the new heaven and earth when Christ returns. We are comforted in this acceptance by our Father and our hope for tomorrow.
Truly those who mourn over sin are comforted for they are accepted by God and welcomed into the kingdom. In fact, they are happy and blessed.
May the Lord give us hearts which mourn at sin, and know the joy of his comfort.
With love and blessing,
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