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Blessed Are They That Mourn (2 of 8)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
November 2, 2005
INTRODUCTION: Last week we began our eight-part series on the Beatitudes. The title for each message will come directly from the verses themselves. Our first lesson was; "Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit." This evening, our message is; "Blessed Are They That Mourn." You will notice that each lesson has a blessing and a compliment or a reward; therefore, each outline will have two main points.
I. "BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN."
Some commentators say that there are two possible meanings here: first, those who are mourning over sin. In (4:17), Jesus said, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And then, there are those who say it is speaking about affliction and suffering. I personally believe it refers to the latter, those who mourn because of affliction. We are going to consider both thoughts:
A. Mourning Over Sin
1. In 2 Cor 7:10, it says, For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2. The truth is that we should mourn over sin. Sin, if not dealt with, can affect every aspect of our lives. Sin will keep us from fellowship with Christ; we can lose our joy; God will no longer answer our prayers; and certainly, He will withhold any good thing we hoped that He might do for us. Sin in the life of a Christian is not a good thing.
a. Isaiah 59:2, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
b. Jeremiah 5:25, Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
3. If we find ourselves in sin, we should mourn--we should mourn because we have not only hurt ourselves, but we have hurt God. In James 4:9, we read; Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness ...
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