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Mourning Over What Matters: What Makes You Cry? (2 of 8)
Series: Blessing Redefined
Jeff Lynn
Matthew 5:4
January 22, 2012

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TEXT: Matthew 5:1-4

Someone said that the character of a person is revealed in what makes them laugh and what makes them cry.

This morning, we are going to look at both laughter and crying, concentrating more on what makes someone cry; specifically, what makes someone "mourn".

This is the second of eight beatitudes, called so because "beatitude" is from a Latin word referring to a state of happiness or bliss.

These eight verses begin with the word "blessed".

Again, here is a definition of blessed:

Blessed is not a superficial feeling based on circumstances, but a deep-rooted contentedness based on the fact that one's life is rightly aligned with God's.

Often times people will say they are "blessed" if they make it through a day without anything bad happening.
Some will say that you are blessed when you are healthy and wealthy.

But in these 8 verses, Jesus redefines blessing.

So, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Now, Jesus is not saying that you're blessed ONLY when you mourn.

God is not some cosmic killjoy who desires nothing more from His followers than mourning.

The LAST thing we need is people who call themselves follower of Christ who look like they have been baptized in vinegar.

King Solomon said,
A joyful heart is good medicine…
Proverbs 17:22

And, we have proof that there are medical benefits to laughter.

There is no prohibition against joy and laughter in the bible.

Solomon also said,

[There is] a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; Ecclesiastes 3:4

So laughter is good and has its place. However, we are not to laugh all the time.

Again, Solomon said,

I said to myself, "Come now, let's give pleasure a try. Let's look for the 'good things' in life." But I found that th ...

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