Beatitudes – Those who Mourn


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Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Read: Matthew 5:1-12

Consider: It is likely that at some point in your life you will face the death of someone close to you. This may be a parent, spouse, child or relative, or perhaps a friend. Mourning is a normal part of life and we all have to face it. The reactions to death are many and varied. If this Beatitude is purely about handling physical death, how can it say that we will be blessed (happy) in these circumstances?

As the Beatitudes are speaking of spiritual things we need to ask ourselves what things might cause us to mourn spiritually. When asking what things might cause us to grieve (mourn), it is worthwhile looking at the life of Jesus to see if we can learn from this. Jesus was clearly moved to tears…

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