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Today we continue on in the Beatitudes. Jesus continued to teach:

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4, NLT)

The mourning He speaks of here derives from the word “lament”. It is a deep personal grief caused either by sin, tragedy, social evils, or oppression.

Jesus is describing the person whose heart is broken by what breaks God’s heart.

This mourning Jesus speaks of is a pain that, if we allow it, will push us more deeply into our relationship with God.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Romans 5:3-4, NLT).

There are lessons learned from such mourning:

  1. God doesn’t waste our pain. Our pain produces. Each step through a time of mourning produces fruit in our life until we are made complete.
  2. We learn to endure. The small things in life become easier to overcome or overlook. We gain strength to not only jump over the hurdles of life ourselves, but also encourage others to do so.
  3. Our hope is solidified. Just as Jesus overcame, He is our hope in the midst of our pain. His strength becomes ours.

But this mourning does more in our lives.


Won’t you join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE where we will look at the deeper work of mourning in each of our lives.


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