Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Of the nine Greek terms used for sorrow, the one used here (pentheo˘, mourn) is the strongest, the most severe. It represents the deepest, most heart-felt grief, and was generally reserved for grieving over the death of a loved one. It is used in the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) for Jacob's grief when he thought his son Joseph was killed by a wild animal (Gen. 37:34). It is used of the disciples' mourning for Jesus before they knew He was raised from the dead (Mark 16:10). It is used of the mourning of world business leaders over the death of its commerce because of the destruction of the world system during the Tribulation (Rev. 18:11, 15). The word carries the idea of deep inner agony, which may or may not be expressed by outward weeping, wailing, or lament.
We must mourn over our sin and our sinful nature.
No one can truly know Jesus as his personal Savior and Redeemer unless he has first of all known what it is to mourn. It is only the man who cries out, "24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" (Romans 7:24), who can go on to say, "25 Thanks be to God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:25). D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
This type of mourning over sin reflects the heart of God
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace -- but now it is hidden from your eyes.
There is no record in the Bible of Jesus laughing, but there are several instances of His weeping over the sin of the people.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35 Jesus wept.
We too should mourn over the lost
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
If we allow Him, God will comfort us in our mourning.
15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more." 16 This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD. "They will return from the land of the enemy. 17 So there is hope for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children will return to their own land.
Matthew says this was fulfilled when Herod killed baby boys while trying to eliminate Jesus.
God uses this mourning to teach us, strengthen us, prepare us, and turn us back to him.
A familiar poem by Robert Browning Hamilton expresses the truth:
I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say
I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne'er a word said she,
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
12 'Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.' 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
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