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A Time to Mourn

September 25, 2019

 

 

 

Proverbs 3:4 "A time to cry..."

 

Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted."

 

 There is no reason to feel bad when we feel sad.  Sorrow is one of the most holy and sacred outpourings of genuine emotion.  The stress and pain of life is all too real.  Sorrow gives us a release that can lead straight into the heart of God.

 

 The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, enlightens us in the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes. He knowingly indicates, that God has given mankind, "A time to cry..."(Ecclesiastes 3:4)  This simply means that God Himself has allotted moments and seasons of time for us to weep and pour out our sufferings.

 

Sorrow is not a sign of weakness.  It is a sign of a human soul that has simply had enough.  Jesus Christ encourages us to seek solace by going through the processes of grief and mourning.  He taught, in the Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted."(Matthew 5:4)

 

The Lord guarantees, from that same lips that breathed stars into existence, that comfort will be given to those who give themselves over to mourning.  We are all at different stages of our journey through life.  We will not escape this life without encountering heart rending, soul crushing grief.  The best part is, is that Jesus already promised that comfort would be waiting on the other side.

 

A vital element to mourning is how.  The apostle Paul teaches that there are two kinds of sorrow; Godly and worldly.  As one might expect, one leads to salvation the other leads to annihilation.

2 Corinthians 7:9-10 "The kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation...worldly sorrow which lacks repentance, leads to spiritual death."

 

When we submit our sorrows before God, He will show us where we are in need of healing and repentance.  In a state of Godly sorrow we abandon our defenses against the the love of Christ.  We realize that Jesus is not condemning us for our sins.  We embrace His unfailing help to over come them.

 

Beware, beloved, tears that come from a heart of stone.  Sorrow that yields no repentance will consume you.  Anything that we yield to, that is not Christ and Him crucified, will only lead us into destructive behaviors and deception.  We will do anything to escape our pain, even if it means hurting ourselves irrevocably in the process.

 

 So, believer, mourn, cry, and weep unto the Lord.  Let out of all the pain and hurt you can summon.  Jesus is waiting to hold and comfort you.  He will catch every tear, in the hands that took the nails.  Then, Our Savior will use them to make your wounded world into a marvelous masterpiece.

 

 

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