Daily Devotional
Are you mourning your sin?

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4


Ponder This

Jesus purposefully gave the Beatitudes in this order because this is the way we grow in sanctification. First, we see our bankrupt condition (Matthew 5:3). Then it breaks our heart (Matthew 5:4).

To “mourn” doesn’t mean going around with a melancholy attitude. It means painful grief, like we would feel over the death of a loved one. It speaks of the strongest kind of lamentation, not just a sentimental tear. What we need today are men and women who are broken over their sin.

Warren Wiersbe said, “If you want to know a person's character, watch and find out what makes him laugh and what makes him weep.” We need people with hearts that are broken over their sin.

How will our hearts be broken? Perhaps if we could see our destiny in hell, it might break our hearts. If we could see Jesus’ agony upon the cross, it might break our hearts. If we could see what our sin is doing to others and to our world, it might break our hearts.

Proverbs 14:9 says, “Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.” Jesus speaks of this favor when He says if we mourn over our sin, we will be comforted. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter who will strengthen us when we are broken over our sin.

Practice This

Do you know where we ought to be? On our face before God in bitter tears over the barrenness of our lives, the coldness of our hearts, and the wickedness of our attitudes. And what will be the outcome? We will be comforted.


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