Monday, September 28, 2015

SORROWFUL

Sermon on the Mount (pt. 4)

We have all probably been in the place where we are sorrowful.

It shows on our face.

It spills out past our carefully chosen words.

Our well-meaning friends try to smooth over our obvious pain to no avail.

Sorrow is an emotion that can grip our entire being. For some, it can become a ball and chain keeping one from ever being free.

Yet Jesus said that those who mourn are blessed.

We can understand this on two different levels:

  • Those who mourn over a loss—death of a loved one; business failure; house destroyed; divorce; child going astray; etc.
  • Those who see the reality of what is happening in their world and mourn for it—rejecting God; abortion; valueless living; addictions; lowering of standards; etc.
The promise attached to mourning is that of comfort.

Comfort in the midst of mourning is not necessarily a removing of that which has caused the sorrow.

The promise is that the sorrow, regardless of its depth, will not strangle the life out of the one who is sorrowful—though it may sometimes feel that way.

The distinct stages of grief have been well-documented:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance.
There is no time limit on these stages, nor are all the characteristics the same for each and every person. There is possible overlap of the stages. However, for the sake of clarity, this model serves us well when trying to understand the grieving process.

We need not—indeed, should not—limit or project the promise to the future after-life in heaven. That may well be a possibility; but it is not the ONLY possibility.

The promise is an unqualified and unquantified one of being comforted.

Therefore, we can also look for comfort in our mourning in this life.
And, well we should.
Psa. 30:11   2Cor. 1:4  

Let’s look at the mourning aspect for a few moments.

We know that Jesus is our pattern for how to live this life (Heb. 2:17), and one of the things that we know about Him is that He was “…despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:…” (Isa. 53:3) (emphasis added)

  • He wept (John 11:35)
  • He mourned over Jerusalem’s rejection (Matt. 23:37-39; Lk. 19:41)
  • He admitted to feeling sorrowful (Matt: 26:38)

Your sorrow, whatever it may be, however long you have carried it, however deep it may be, is not beyond the reach of the One who “…is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them(Heb. 7:25)
(“Save” has a much broader meaning than just being born again/’getting saved’. It includes the idea of healing and restoration.)

Have you mourned?
Are you in mourning?
Do you mourn for the condition of the world?

Then you are blessed.
Receive it.
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