Character Traits : Mourning
When we hear the word mourning we think of sadness, crying, or death. We are right, mourning is to feel or express sorrow or grief. The question is why does Jesus want us to mourn?
Matthew 5:4 Amplified Bible
4 “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn[over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].
Does that answer your question? Let’s take a look at two different versions
of Matthew 5:3.
Matthew 5:4 King James Version
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 New Life Version
4 Those who have sorrow are happy, because they will be comforted.
The lord loves when we pour out our hearts to him. When we mourn over our sins; One we are aware of the sin we are indulging in. Two we are coming to Jesus to be transformed. We no longer want to be outside of His will, and continue to sin. Three we are opening our hearts for His compassion. He forgives us for our shortcomings, but we have to cry out for His help. Here is a beautiful scripture to teach us how to mourn……….
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.[a]
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
When I read this passage I was blown away. I kept reading verse 17 “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Jesus wants us to come to him broken. That is the perfect opportunity for His spirit to intertwine with ours, and a beautiful exchange will take place. Jesus does not want us holding everything in because that can destroy us. Give it to Jesus and embrace grace!
What verse can you relate to in Psalm 51? I look forward to hearing from you! Meet me here on Monday to talk about Meekness!