I Will Be Comforted

Blessed Are Those Who Mournt

Blessed Are Those Who Mournt

I stood there mourning. I couldn’t stop. My sin had been revealed and I was ashamed of allowing its poison to seep through the very chambers of my heart. Sin took me farther than I ever wanted to go and took more than I ever wanted it to take. Sin was the result of an idol placed deep in my heart and I was now paying for my disloyalty to God. Yet, I found comfort…

Sin had done its dirty work through the life of a loved one. I had trusted my whole life and in one moment it seemed all trust was gone. Again, sin was the result of an idol that had implanted itself deep into the belief system of this loved one’s heart. Its lasting effects wounded our relationship and scars still remain. Yet, we both found comfort…

Both situations can be summed up in the statement “Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” In the last blog, Brooke explained that “blessing” had a far deeper meaning than our current cultural understanding.  Yet, where was the blessing in these situations? Where was the comfort promised?

First, read the previous blessing and notice what tense it is in:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3

I believe that sins do either two things to us. Either sin will feed into the pride of our hearts and deceive us into thinking that we are better off than we really are. Or, in light of Christ, sin will reveal the depth of depravity that indwells in us and, ultimately, our need for Christ and His salvation. Blessed are these because theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Notice that the kingdom of heaven is, currently, in their possession. As followers of Christ, living in our poverty, no matter where we are in life or what situation we are currently in…this verse should bring comfort.

Now, read the next blessing:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

What tense is this verse in? Well…the answer is twofold. The first half of the verse is present active meaning the mourning currently going on. The second half of the verse is future indicative which, basically, means it’s indicating that it will happen sometime in the future and it is promised.

When I faced the reality of my toxic sin and its hollow promises, I realized that I had nothing to bring to the table in light of a holy God. I realized that I needed something much bigger, much stronger, and something that would live up to its promises. The realization was that I needed Jesus which also brought the realization of what my sin had done to Jesus. I mourned—but I was also comforted.

It was the same with the loved one that hurt me. Sin brought anger, hurt, anxiety, and distrust. Yet, through that situation, we both, eventually, understood that what was driving him in sin could not be greater than Jesus. In light of Christ and what He has done, we can’t bring anything or do anything to make him love us more and when that is realized we mourn the sin that has been done by us and to us. Yet, we both found comfort and we both grew in our faith and yes—we both reconciled.

In the actual moments, I mourned and, at first, could not find hope.  But I realized, hope is always found in the everlasting arms of Jesus. I can know, because of the gospel, when I sin or am sinned against… one day I will be comforted. The comfort may come here on earth or it may not but we know it will come. 

We have hope through Jesus Christ!

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
  and he will guide them to springs of living water,
     and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:17

Ryan Thomason works with Transform Student Ministries as the Marketing and Network coordinator. He is married to a wonderful woman named Madison.  He has voluntarily served Precept Ministries for close to 10 years before coming on staff full time. He has interned with their media department in 2008 and with the student ministry in 2009. He has lived in Guatemala to learn Spanish. 

“I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” Colossions 1:25-26

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