Sermon on the Mount | Mournfulness: Part 5

Culture shock. This is true culture shock.

The general philosophy of this world is not “mourn your troubles” but “forget your troubles.” 

We are encouraged to “escape our issues” rather than “deal with our realities.”

“This world is bad enough as it is without you Christians going around recognizing it all the time, so for crying out loud, just have fun.”

To which Christians say, “Having come to the realization of the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man, I cannot and I will not pretend like I and this world are not broken.” 

So we mourn.

But in doing so, we are BLESSED because we are COMFORTED!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

Comforted by the Gospel

What comforts us? In a word, the GOSPEL. 

Only a mournful person who grieves over their sin can experience the comfort of Jesus who paid the price for our sin.

Only a mournful person who grieves over their sin can rejoice in forgiveness of sin. 

Only a mournful person who grieves over their unrighteousness can have joy in Jesus’ righteousness. 

People who mourn their sin and the sin of this world are blessed people because they are comforted by the gospel.

But that’s not all.

Comforted by Power

People who mourn their sin are not only comforted by the gospel, but are also empowered by the Spirit to defeat sin!

Paul in Galatians says, “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (5:16). 

And Paul goes on to give a list, by the way. We can overcome adultery. We can overcome idolatry. We can overcome hatred. We can overcome drunkenness. 

People who mourn their sin are comforted not only by the truth of the gospel, but also by the power of the Holy Spirit that faith in Jesus provides to defeat the very sin that causes us to mourn. And that means we are BLESSED.

But that’s not all!

Comforted by Promise

People who mourn their sin and the sin in this world are comforted by the fact that one day Christ will remove sin and all of its effects from the believer forever. We will be “liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). 

 

Rob Tims

Rob is Teaching Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.