Blessed are Those who Mourn

those-who-mournBlessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (Mat 5:4 NKJ)

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father ‘? (Joh 14:9 NKJ)

In the context of Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were all about being seen to be righteous rather than being righteous.  Jesus wanted to combat this falsehood. So, what can we learn?

Do you desire to please God? For years, we’ve interpreted holiness as being all about the external, what we wear and how we’re seen by others.  Could it be that God is more concerned about the condition of our hearts, about our relationship with Him and like all relationships, not wanting to hurt those we love?  Jesus tells us ‘Happy are those who mourn when they know they have offended, grieved, hurt the Father.’  The comfort comes because we know that when we blow it, mess up and do the wrong thing, there is a comfort that comes from being in his presence.  The comfort comes when I realize the joy of sins forgiven, reconciliation, and the comfort that is ours when we want to do those things that please the Father.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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