Devotional: ‘Blessed Are They That Mourn’  

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Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying…  4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Mourning and grief are not emotions that we like to experience. We would much rather go through life happy and free of any sorrow. Yet, mourning and grief are a part of life. It has been said, “Either we will grieve for someone or they will grieve for us.” It is for this reason that Jesus’ words hold special meaning to us – “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

God desires to comfort His people whenever they sorrow. We read from the book of 2 Corinthians – “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Paul tells us two very important truths about God and His comfort –

GOD IS THE ‘FATHER OF MERCIES’

The word ‘mercy’ means to have pity or show compassion. The Psalmist wrote – “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14) God never forgets that we are human and He pities us in our weaknesses. The writer of Hebrews tells us – “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15) God the Son became a man so that He might understand what it is like to be human. Though He never sinned, He understands what it is like to struggle with this world. Concerning this great truth, Isaiah the prophet wrote that Jesus was – “…a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…” (Isaiah 53:3) Jesus understands what it is like to suffer both physically and emotionally, and because He understands, He is able to give us comfort during our times of trouble.

GOD IS THE ‘GOD OF ALL COMFORT’

Paul also wrote that God is the ‘God of all comfort.’ The word ‘comfort’ is a very important word. It means to come alongside someone who is in need in order to help them. It also means to encourage and give strength. God does not sit back and watch His children suffer. God comes alongside us to helps us.

I pray that today’s study has been a blessing to you. God bless you my brethren.

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