Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What Causes You to Mourn?




Scripture: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Truth for Today:
Jesus said,  "Come follow me." As His disciples followed, he taught them saying, “Blessed are those who mourn.”
What causes you greatest sadness? I don’t know about you, but I have never felt more sadness than that which comes from a broken relationship with someone I dearly loved. Relationships are broken when we do something or fail to do something that we know we should have done.
This is true not only of people relationships but in our relationship with God. We all have sin in our lives that violate God’s design for us. This sin severs man’s relationship with God thereby creating guilt in man’s mind. Guilt signals 1) that something is not right and, 2) a need to reconcile with the one who was offended.
Because we were separated from God, Jesus took the initiative, through death on the cross, to restore our relationship with God. He also sent the Holy Spirit to convict us of our need for restoration. So, now we have a choice. We can nurse our guilt, anger, or resentment over the broken relationship with God and blame him and others for our misery or we can accept the responsibility for our unhappiness and ask for forgiveness. Real sorrow works true repentance. Jesus taught the crowd, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” In other words, Jesus is saying that when we experience deep sorrow for our sin against God, repent of our wrong against Him, turn back to Him, and accept His forgiveness, “we will be comforted.” 
Do you want to be happy? Choose Jesus.

Prayer:
Dear Father, forgive me for the sorrow that I have caused you. Restore my relationship with you. Let your joy flow through me so that others will be drawn to you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.