Blessed are those who Mourn: Sadness over Sin
01/17/2021

Blessed are those who Mourn: Sadness over Sin

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Passage: Matthew 5:4
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rings: 1)progressive 2)marks of a Christian 3)keys to unlocking blessing of God

It matters that Jesus says we are blessed, not anyone else.

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

Matthew 5:4

There is a second part or the “blessing” to each one of these.

For his anger lasts only a moment,

    but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,

    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

What is mourning? Sorrow.

1. Natural Sorrow - grieving over a loss

2. Worldly sorrow

a. Consequences of sin with no change of heart

Example: Sorry I got a ticket for speeding, not for the sin itself. 

“He who is convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

“…yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, 

but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” 

2 Corinthians 7:9-11

Thankful for the discipline (hand of God) to correct me. 

b. Wanting what God has not given

More power: Satan wanted what he was not given.

You said in your heart,

    “I will ascend to the heavens;

I will raise my throne

    above the stars of God;

I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,

    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;

    I will make myself like the Most High.”

But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,

    to the depths of the pit.

Isaiah 14:13-15

3. Godly Sorrow…

a. is actually good

“…yet now I am happy, 

not because you were made sorry, 

but because your sorrow led you to repentance.

2 Corinthians 7:9

“No pain, no gain.”

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. 

Job 5:17-18

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

2 Corinthians 7:10

3. Godly Sorrow… 

b. leads to salvation

Repentance: A change in direction.

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

2 Timothy 2:19

These are evidences of a Christian. Godly sorrow is present.

See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” 

2 Corinthians 7:11

3. Godly Sorrow…

c. produces urgency

Example: Playing with matches at upstairs in the closet at my folks’ house.

(Review) Blessed are those who mourn…

1. Natural Sorrow

2. Worldly sorrow

3. Godly Sorrow

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

“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 1:5

Both sides are shared… the hard part and the pleasant part.

Comfort - a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint

The Blessing of Comfort brings:

1. Freedom from sin

Example: I used to be bound by alcohol. Couldn’t live with it, couldn’t live without it. Today, I am free from it. I don’t even think about it. 

It’s possible for you too. 

The Blessing of Comfort brings:

2. Direction from God

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; 

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Psalm 32:8

Think about the progression. 

A life filled with ongoing willful sin cannot receive direction from God. 

Example: The life I have today could never have happened without this change.

The Blessing of Comfort brings:

3. the Joy of the Lord

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of joy instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Blessing of Comfort

1. Freedom from sin

2. Direction from God

3. Joy of the Lord

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

Matthew 5:4

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