Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
The Beatitudes are not about externals. In today’s passage, mourning is not the result of losing a friend or family member. The mourning here is brought about by a realization of one’s inward state, an understanding that you are sinful and in need of a Savior.
True spiritual mourning comes from the awareness that you are a spiritual beggar. The grief is a result of utter helplessness. You can’t do anything to change the condition of your heart. Mourning is a sign of repentance — an acceptance that you are spiritually helpless and sorrowful for your state. It is also a desire to turn toward Jesus, the one and only Savior. True mourning means that you are ready to leave your sin behind.
The result of mourning is comfort. This is not the comfort of a soft bed or heated leather seats in a luxury car. This is the internal comfort that comes from understanding that your sin is forgiven. This is the comfort that finally brings real contentment — a deep satisfaction. This is the comfort of knowing that Jesus is your Savior and will forever be. Have you mourned your sin? Do you have that comfort?
Here is a simple prayer to pray if you desire the comfort that only Jesus can give.
Lord Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. I mourn them. I desire Your forgiveness that brings comfort to my soul. I desire the deep contentment of knowing that I belong to You. I ask you to forgive my sins and give me the comfort found only in You. In Your name I pray. Amen.