(From the sermon entitled “Ang mga Kapatid na Nangatuto sa Panginoong Hesukristo” for date August 10, 2014)
Blessed are they that Mourn
Like what we have learned, Christ’s teachings are often different from the way people think. On this topic, Jesus said that those who mourn are blessed.
Millions of people around the world grief for a variety of reasons. Can we consider all of these people to be blessed?
When did it happen and why did Jesus say that those who mourn are blessed?
In our common knowledge, to mourn is to feel deep sadness brought about by different causes. We mourn because we lost something important to us, like our love ones, wealth and honor. We mourn because we failed to get what we desire.
However, nobody intends to feel grief all his or her life. How come Jesus says, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
The question is, can we say that all who feel grief blessed?
Will all of them receive the comfort from our almighty God?
We need to understand one thing, that not all grief is the same. There are sorrows that God allows us to experience, and that is the grief according to His purpose. Jesus says, “I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
But when do we know that the sorrows we feel are God’s purpose?
God allows us to feel insignificant amount of pain and sorrows in our lives. And all of these cause us to grief really deep and sometimes full of hurt. However, these heartaches are common to all believers and faithful.
In fact, Jesus told His disciples that they will be prosecuted because of His sake, “Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5:11)
These sorrows are correlated to what Apostle Peter mentioned in his letter, that all faithful would suffer because of righteousness (1 Peter 3:14). We can therefore say that if we grief because of the faith we have, those sorrows are according to God’s purpose.
The Bible tells us that we were called to follow Christ’s examples. Christ suffered a lot for our sake. We are not more than our master. Apostle Peter says, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:21-23)
How did it become a blessing then to experience grief and sorrow? Sorrows for the sake of God’s will are opportunity for us to create another godly character, which is patience. We grow in every sorrow that we experiences, teaching us to become more patient and faithful to God.
Sorrows turn us to become rich in faith and trust in the Lord, that is why it becomes a blessing to every faithful.
However not all sorrows are according to the will of God. There are sorrows that do not give glory.
There are some people who cause sorrows on their lives because of their wrongdoings. Apostle Peter says, “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Pedro 2:19-20)
From here we can ask ourselves. What kind of sorrows do we have in life?
Do we mourn because of righteousness?
Do we mourn like early Christians did?
Or we mourn because of our personal mistakes?
If the reasons of our grief are because of faith, then we are indeed blessed, because in due time, we shall receive God’s comfort.
God had promised, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelations 21:4)
What more do we need to possess to become more blessed? … To be continued