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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:4) BEDA 2018

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As mentioned in a previous post  I have decided to explore the Beatitudes for BEDA (Blog Every Day in April). In the last post on this topic, it was noted that those who are poor in spirit realise their need for Christ. They are total dependant on him and put him at the forefront of their lives as opposed to worldly treasures.  For today’s post I will be looking at the second blessing which can be found in verse 4 of the chapter 

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted – Matthew 5:4
The supporting scriptures I came across whilst looking at this verse refer to a time when there shall be no more weeping, for God will wipe away every tear.

Isaiah 61:2 King James Version (KJV)

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To mourn is this context is to wail, lament or grieve. The reason for mourning may vary, it may be because of death, failure or the need for repentance.
Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life.” – Ellen White
For this post I will be focusing on mourning in relation to those who lament when they realise their sinful state.
And as one is drawn to behold Jesus uplifted on the cross, he discerns the sinfulness of humanity. He sees that it is sin which scourged and crucified the Lord of glory. He sees that, while he has been loved with unspeakable tenderness, his life has been a continual scene of ingratitude and rebellion. He has forsaken his best Friend and abused heaven's most precious gift. He has crucified to himself the Son of God afresh and pierced anew that bleeding and stricken heart. He is separated from God by a gulf of sin that is broad and black and deep, and he mourns in brokenness of heart. Such mourning “shall be comforted. - Ellen White
When we realise that we have wronged God and sorrow for such thoughts we may not feel there is hope, but there is! God will comfort all there is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read”- Steps to Christ p.100. His heart is touched with our grief 
 The blessed Saviour stands by many whose eyes are so blinded by tears that they do not discern Him. He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith, permitting Him to guide us- Ellen white
 God is there with his arms open wide ready to comfort us. Praise God for the realisation for true repentance and the fact if we are in such place there is still hope!

Psalm 147:3 King James Version (KJV)

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

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