Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Last time, Jesus said the poor in spirit are blessed because the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Now He says people who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted. When we grieve, others grieve with us. We receive comfort from those who have been comforted by the Holy Spirit themselves (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). But we don’t grieve as those who don’t have Christ do (1 Thessalonians 4:13). If grieving the loss of a loved one who believed, we have the hope that they are with Christ. If any other grief, we hold fast to the hope in Christ, and He thus comforts us. As we rejoice with one another, we also weep with one another (Romans 12:15).
This beatitude comes from Isaiah 61:2-3, “To proclaim the favourable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” God promises restoration to His children when they mourn. Not only does God comfort us when we mourn over a loved one, but within the context of Jesus’ ministry, He also comforts us when we mourn in our sin.
I cannot even begin to tell you the multiple times I’ve mourned because of my sin, hating myself because I keep on committing the same sin, mourning to God that I am not worthy of His forgiveness and salvation. But He comforts me in my mourning. I’ll just “happen” to come across Scripture to assure me of my forgiveness and salvation, and sometimes He’ll even send someone into my life to comfort me in my mourning when they have no idea I’m mourning. When God comforts me, my mourning turns into songs of praise and I glorify Him. He turns our mourning into something good: worship of our Almighty God.
Our God is a gracious God and He seeks to comfort us.