Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:4 (NKJV)
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
What truth is revealed? Maybe the question should be asked, is there any circumstance or condition that should give us cause to mourn? I would suggest that Jesus is talking about the “mournfulness” associated with repentance from sin. In sorrow we turn from our sin and receive God’s comfort as we are reconciled with Him.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? I would consider this a word of wisdom from Jesus. In a day and age where people have been desensitized in general, a Godly sorrow towards sin is the first step towards spiritual restoration. The Apostle Paul says it well: 2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
What does this mean to/for me? I think that it means that although I am a Son of God, when my behavior does not measure up to God’s standards, instead of making excuses for myself, I need to be sorry enough for my failures to allow God to change me. A wise man once said, “God forgives sin, not excuses.”
What action can/should I take? In my prayer closet, I need to carefully examine my own heart. When the Holy Spirit brings my sin and shortcomings to light, I need to repent with “godly sorrow” and let God bring spiritual healing to my life.
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.