Matthew 5:4 Comfort Will Come

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

No matter where a person goes in this world, there is almost someone who is mourning there. They may be openly mourning, to where it can be publicly seen or it may behind closed doors, but many people are mourning.

There can be a thousand reasons as to why the person is mourning. Most often they have recently gone through some tragedy in the life. Or it is out of remembrance of some loss in their past. Usually it is out of personal loss or pain, not that of others.

As Jesus was speaking to the crowds, He tells them how some will be blessed. One group that will blessed and gain comfort are those who mourn.

Mourning is a deep sorrow and weeping over some great loss or pain that is occurring. It is very common for people to mourn their own personal losses, however, this type of mourning can sometimes be a selfish mourning.

While believers may mourn over some personal loss, their heart is for others and the kingdom of God. The believer who has his eyes set upon God and His word, will see the corruption and sin that is rampant in his city, state, region, nation and this world. He will also see the sin that is in his own life.

Along with seeing all the sin, he will also see the pain and suffering that people are going through because of sin. There would be no pain or sickness if there were no sin.

Upon seeing all this sin, he will mourn, crying out to God for forgiveness of all. As he weeps before God, God in His great love, understanding the pain and suffering, and will reach out to him and comfort him.

The believer is weeping, not just for himself, but for others and this world on God’s behalf.

As with most people, you have probably experienced pain or loss. You have also seen it in others that you love and care about.

Keep in mind that all of the pain and suffering is due to sin. Allow yourself to see this world through God’s eyes and mourn the great numbers of people heading to hell because they do not know Jesus. Weep and mourn that people are dying and do not even know it.

God will see and bring you comfort. He will guide you in what you can do today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world through God’s eyes; that you will mourn over the sin of this world; that you will live a holy life unto God; and that you will feel God’s arms of comfort around you in times of loss and pain.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Fruit Of The Spirit: Joy

Joy sign

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

After setting the base of love, Paul mentions joy as the second fruit of the Spirit. Joyo is something that people sing about during the Christmas season–Joy to the World. Yet, joy is something that appears to escape or evade many people.

Walking around and looking at the faces of people, very few show any signs of any type of joy in their lives. Often all that is seen is hurt, pain, suffering, and depression, anything but joy.

Suffering man

What is joy?

Often people will think of joy as happiness, but it is much more. Throughout the bible joy is often mentioned.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing (joy) in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

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Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles, 16: 32-34 

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There are also many other verses that talk about joy. Joy is found in heaven and on this earth. We are to be filled with joy.

So what is joy? It is more than just happiness, it is extreme happiness. It is happiness in spite of what is going on around you. Being filled with God’s joy is being filled with His extreme happiness and pleasure.

You may now be asking how can I be filled with joy when this world is filled with such hate, destruction, pain and suffering. My life is full of hurt and pain. I am struggling to survive, so where can I find joy in all of this?

Elephan struggling

Joy can be found in the Lord and in the salvation that He provides. Take a moment to look at and read 1 Peter 1. After talking about salvation, Peter says that in all this you greatly rejoice, even though you may be going through many trials.

Think about how exciting salvation is. All of your sins have been removed forever! You get to live forever! You have a day that is coming in which there will never be any more sorrow, pain, suffering, sickness or death! Jesus is preparing a place for you in heaven so that you may be with Him and the Father for all eternity!

Man with joy

All of these things are wrapped up in salvation, what Jesus did for you on the cross. And one of the greatest things is that this salvation is free. All you have to do is accept it, deny self and follow Jesus. What better news could you ever receive than this?

While the world has no hope and is seeing only death and destruction, you can see life beginning and spreading around the world. God is a God who brings life to people, not death. He wants all to be successful in Jesus and building His kingdom. This is a great joy to have.

Along with what God is providing for you, you can also see when God moves in the hearts of other people and they begin to follow Jesus. All of heaven is rejoicing over the new salvation. You can also rejoice with great joy.

Now as a believer and follower of Jesus, you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. You have His Holy Spirit living in you and guiding you. If you have His Holy spirit living in you, then there should be some sign of His presence in your life. This is where the fruit of the Spirit comes in.

Cluster of grapes

You should be bearing fruit as to what is inside of you. Your life should be one that is bearing and showing love (self-sacrificing love) and joy. Do not be like many in the church walking around with a serious frown on their face and no joy in life at all.

Allow joy to overflow in your life so much that those around you cannot help but see it and get a taste of it in their own lives. Live in the positive mindset that God has saved you, given you a new life and He is in control. This will show joy to this world.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this. Next week I will be looking at the fruit of the Spirit–peace. Until then, may your life be filled with God’s love and joy.

Psalm 126:6 Return With Joy

Man filled with joy

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6 

All over the world there is often much sorrow. There is death, sickness, pain, suffering, poverty, violence and much more that takes the joy of life out of many people.

The struggles of life tear many people down, removing all joy and happiness. Some will strive to end it all because they no longer see any hope in life. They try and try to make things better, but seem to only find up failing and hurting worse. For many, in the end there does not seem to be any purpose or love left to hold on to.

The Israelite psalmist had seen Israel be crushed as a nation. There was a lot of weeping and sorrow, but now they were to go out sowing seed. God would restore them and bring back in a great harvest.

While this passage is talking about a physical harvest, it can also point to a spiritual harvest. Believers today are just like the rest of the world in that they see lots of death, sickness, pain, suffering and sorrow in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.

However, unlike the world, the believer has a hope to hold on to. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who believe in Him, thus they will have sorrow and weeping today, but songs of joy are coming.

The seed that the believer carries today is the gospel message of Jesus, the message of the salvation that He provides. As the believer is going out weeping over the sins of the world, he can carry the gospel seed to reach others for Jesus.

With much prayer and guidance of His Holy Spirit, that seed will go out and reach others for Jesus. Many will be saved. At that point, the believer will return with sheaves of new believers and songs of joy at God’s work in the lives of others.

As a believer, you have the seeds of the gospel with you. Weep over the sin and sorrow that you see around you, but carry those seeds to give to those who need it. Trust God to grow those seeds and to save many.

Reach many for Jesus, so that many lives will be saved and your joy will be great. For every one saved, there is great rejoicing in heaven, many songs of joy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of living for God; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has done; and that you will know the joy of many being saved by Jesus.