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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4


“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

When we are hurting, we desperately search for ways to make ourselves feel happy again. What if what we need more than to feel happy is to be comforted? Often, when we grieve our sin, a loss, or emotional hurts, we try to self-medicate. Busywork, movies, books, cleaning your house for the tenth time in one week, none of these things will erase your pain. To be comforted, we have to recognize what is actually hurting us. If we examine the word comfort, it almost looks like “come forth.” The Latin prefix com means "together," and the word fortis means "strong."Together strong. What a beautiful picture!

It’s in that calling out to the LORD that He can gain more of us and give us more of Himself. He carries us when we are too weak to bear our burdens, and He gives us His strength to face trials of many kinds. It sounds too simple, but the most powerful thing we can do in our grief is to talk with God about the situation. It takes courage to stand face-to-face with what is hurting us but believe that God is faithful to comfort His beloved children when they cry out to Him. He will not forsake you.

"WHAT IF WHAT WE NEED MORE THAN TO FEEL HAPPY IS TO BE COMFORTED?"


LORD, you are almighty. You are my fortress and my comforter. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. I know that when you are with me, I have nothing to fear. You know the inner workings of my heart, and you know the source of my every inquietude. Please, show me what I need You to heal. Holy Spirit, come in and fill the broken places of my heart with Your comfort. Give me the grace to handle my grief in a way that is honoring to You.

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