Those Who Mourn

Most of the time, we don’t associate blessing with mourning; maybe we should rethink this… Matthew didn’t actually say what those blessed ones are mourning; it could be the loss of a loved one, it could be the loss of their home or possessions, or it could be the sinful and rebellious state of this world. Maybe it doesn’t matter…

I think it is safe to say that for a person to truly mourn they first had to love; certainly this would be true in the loss of a loved one. It would also be true if a person is mourning the loss of possessions, for if they didn’t love the possession(s) lost, would they actually mourn?

It wouldn’t seem so.

If the person was mourning for the wickedness of this world, wouldn’t that show they loved God a whole lot?

Consider for a moment those who do not mourn; what a terrible and sad life they must lead! Never having enough of a relationship with anyone for love to develop; never being able to mourn? Never having a loving relationship with God so as to mourn for those who rebel against Him?

Never loving never mourning?

Those who mourn will receive comfort from God, both in the here and now and in the ultimate future when all pain and sorrow will cease. I don’t know about you, but for me, just knowing this is a comfort that brings joy into my life.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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20 Responses to Those Who Mourn

  1. GP Cox says:

    One by one, I have buried my entire family including my only child. How can the mourning I feel every day make me blessed? And is it mourning or survivor’s guilt?

    • Don Merritt says:

      Of course I can only speak for myself, but it would seem that you and I have some things in common. I have loved and been loved by family, and that is something that millions cannot say; I have been blessed indeed!

    • I too have experienced tremendous losses. I have struggled at times with the feeling of loss, but I continue to hold to the love of God who carries me through the dark years. Sometimes we will not understand, sometimes we will just move forward trusting in the one who gave us life. I am sending you a gentle hug and will say a prayer for you today

  2. We can also be blessed if we mourn for our sins. Only then can they be forgiven.

  3. BelleUnruh says:

    I was grateful and amazed by the peace and comfort God gave me when my grandson died. I had always thought I would fall apart if one of my children or grandchildren died. But God does something beautiful and makes it bearable. Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I would pray for his help and he was there.

  4. daylerogers says:

    Thank you for connecting loving and mourning! Apart from true love, genuine, unselfish love, there is no real mourning. And you’re right–how sad is the person who’s never had the opportunity to truly mourn. Oh, the things they’ve missed!

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Great post! The Beatitudes are so brief and so difficult.

    People are funny! 36 likes and until now everyone had enough sense not to comment. Perhaps I will be forgiven if I use the word of those wiser than myself.

    The Message is not my favorite translation, but sometimes….

    Matthew 5:4 The Message (MSG)

    4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

    When I had considered this verse, I had consider the possibility of mourning possessions, and the commentaries I read did not suggest such a thing. Nevertheless, I think you are right.

    I watched my children as they grew, and I learned much. When one of them lost a possession, I saw the grief. I recognized it because I had known such grief myself.

    Chuck Swindoll describes a conversation Corrie Ten Boom (=> Her words to him were something to this effect.

    Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.

    Searching further, I found this quote from the lady. It helps, perhaps, to explain the first.

    You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.

  6. Mike B. says:

    “Never having a loving relationship with God so as to mourn for those who rebel against Him?”

    Great point Don. I feel sadness for those whose hearts are hardened against God. Never thought of it as mourning but I think that is exactly what it is.

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  8. Great article. When I read this my heart mourns for Christ who mourns with us when we sin and how much it hurts him. We can mourn for so many things when we love.

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  11. Bassey Etim says:

    Never saw it like this. It’s indeed a blessing to love and be loved and to be able to mourn for love shared.
    Really great post.

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