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April 16, 2018

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Grief

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

One of the greatest deterrents to revival in the American church is a lack of grief over our own sin. The baseline for what the average professing Christian considers sinful has been lowered tremendously in recent years. If a behavior isn’t punishable by law, then we can pretty much find a way to rationalize or excuse it.

It’s important to remember that the Beatitudes build on one another. The ability to mourn over personal sin begins with being poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3). When we practice emptying ourselves of things such as self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, and self-indulgence, then we’ll grieve when those sins start to raise their ugly heads. We fail to put on the righteousness of Christ when we ignore any sin.

Love makes grief possible. We do not mourn for what we do not love. Our sin grieves the heart of God because He loves us – enough that He sacrificed His Son in our place. When we see our sin in that light it brings grief; not just because of the sin itself but because I had to deny Him in order for it to exist in the first place. Only genuine love for Jesus brings conviction and grief over sin.

Too often we fail to recognize the harm sin does, causing us to forfeit the comfort found in the grace of Jesus Christ. In other words, we restrain the very thing we desperately need and what Jesus graciously desires to give: forgiveness and cleansing. The Holy Spirit comforts generously when we rightly grieve over our sin. That’s when grief gives way to gladness, allowing you and I to know and live in the joy of our salvation. Yes, there is blessing in godly grieving.