“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
The word “blesses” or as used in other translations “blessed” means happy. In our day and time, we use the word happy to mean something totally different. In the beatitudes, this word means inner joy and peace. Peace with God and His will for our lives. This is the greatest happiness we can have. Before we can have that peace and joy, we need to mourn. We need to have Godly Sorrow. “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) This is the mourning that follows our accepting that we are poor in spirit.
What is Godly Sorrow? It is being sorry for our sins. It is true repentance of our sins. Jesus is talking about repentance. Repentance for sin. This is the logical results of the first beatitude. We see our spiritual bankruptcy. We can respond in one of four ways. We can deny that we are hopeless and like the Pharisees put on a front. That leads to more sorrow and a life of deception. We can admit that we need to change and try to change on our own. We can admit our need and despair over it and just give up completely. The logical thing for people to do is turn to God for what they need in their lives. Those who are sincerely broken for God will mourn over themselves and their sins and through this mourning, they will experience the comfort of God. Repentance means more than just being sorry for our sins. It means being sorry enough to quit. Repentance involves not only a change in feeling and thinking but also a change of the will. If people truly change their minds about sin, they will act differently. Repentance means admitting them, looking at them the way God does, abhorring them, and turning from them. “You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:16-17)
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” (Isaiah 61:1-2) Christ can bring a transforming experience of power into the life of the one who is mourning.