To Be Or Not To Be Attitudes, Part III
Blessed are those who mourn. For they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
We as believers have much to mourn about as we traverse the paths of this life. The fallen nature of man, the condition of God's church and the sins that so easily beset us in our endeavor to be pure in heart before God. Our mourning over these things produces in us a cry for God's mercy that brings comfort through the Holy Spirit's presence.
Many today are being taught to be happy through the prosperity that God has given us and lead joyful lives, unconcerned for the rest of the world that is slowly sinking into Hell before our very eyes. Joy is a fruit of God's Spirit and is promised for us as a part of our new nature, but to mourn for the lost is a deep longing for their salvation and deliverance given by the Lord Himself. Jesus wept for Jerusalem as He looked at their spiritual condition and their eternal welfare and wished to gather them like a mother hen gathers her chicks.
As new creations in Christ we have been given the heart of the Lord Jesus and to mourn and have godly sorrow are a part of our divine nature inherited from Him. If more people would mourn over the spiritual condition of the world we would see many swept into the kingdom by the saving grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus! Remember where you were before you were saved and who it was who grieved over you, a mother, father or grand parent who mourned for your salvation and touched the very hem of His garment for you!
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!" Luke 13:34
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin