Devotional: ‘Mourning Over Sin’ 

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Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Though God comforts His children who grieve the loss of a loved one, many believe that Jesus was referring to another type of mourning when He preached this sermon. Many believe that Jesus was saying – “God comforts those who sorrow over their sin.”

The Bible teaches us that sin brings sorrow to that which is godly. We read from the book of Genesis –“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6) 

God felt great sorrow when He saw the wickedness of man. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says that it filled His heart with pain and He regretted that He had ever made us. Does God feel pain whenever we sin? Consider what Paul said about the Holy Spirit – “…grieve not the holy Spirit of God…” (Ephesians 4:30) The word grieve means to offend, to affect with sadness, and to cause grief. Sin in the life of a believer causes the Holy Spirit to experience great sorrow and sadness. We see also from Scripture the reaction of Jesus concerning the sin of Jerusalem. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…” (Luke 19:41) The sin of the Jews caused Jesus to weep.

Sin brings sorrow to God and it should to us as well. Jeremiah is often called the ‘weeping prophet.’ His book of Lamentations records his mourning over the sinfulness of Jerusalem and their coming judgment. “My eyes flow with streams of tears because of the destruction of my dear people. My eyes overflow unceasingly, without end…” (Lamentations 3:48-49)

Christianity in America is entering into a time of great crisis. More and more many believers are becoming desensitized to sin. Through social media and other outlets, we are constantly being exposed to various types of evil and with this constant exposure comes a sense of desensitization. In other words, we’re growing cold and numb. Can this actually happen? Can a Christian become insensitive to the terribleness of sin? Consider this warning from the book of Hebrews – “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13) The word ‘hardened’ refers to someone who has become stubborn and resistant. It is the soul that has become calloused. A perfect example of how we can become desensitized to sin is seen in a man named Lot. Lot, as you well know, was the nephew of Abraham. When the herds of Lot and the herds of Abraham became too great for the land to sustain them, the two men decided to separate. The Bible says of Lot – “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.” (Genesis 13:10-11)

Whenever we sin, it brings sadness to God. It should bring sadness to us as well. Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

God bless you my brethren.

 

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