#262 – TRUE MOURNING LEADS TO ONGOING TRANSFORMATION (12/1/21)
This week we have been considering the second of the Beatitudes in our discipleship series. Jesus promises,
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ (Matthew 5:4)
Yesterday we saw how mourning for our sin leads us to Jesus who justifies us. Justification is a legal term which means to be declared perfectly righteous through faith in Jesus.
Sanctification is about the ongoing transformation of our heart and actions. True sorrow for sin will be evident in our ongoing repentance - turning from sin.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus, when He taught us to pray, told us to ask, “Forgive us our debts”. Mourning over our sin toward God and others is to be part of our lifestyle. Is it a part of yours? How often do you remember, ask for forgiveness and repent of specific sin? Blessed are those that mourn sin rather than those who ignore it! Paul wrote of repentance,
‘Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.’ (2 Corinthians 7:9-11)
What did their sorrow lead to?
God wants our sorrow for sin to become repentance from sin. What is the difference?
Repentance means to change one's mind and then one's actions. J. I. Packer defines repentance,
“Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.”
Repentance follows mourning for sin. We come to know what sin is by reading God’s word. Our consciences are trained as we take in God’s word and then apply it in repentance. Conversely, our consciences are hardened if we a lazy in regard to God’s word and fail to repent.
True mourning for sin includes repentance. The promise is that if we truly mourn and turn from sin, we will enjoy God’s comfort. The devil tells us that we will be missing out if we obey God wholeheartedly. The truth is that joy is found in mourning with repentance.
Is there any sin that you are mourning over which you need to repent?
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - BLESSED ARE THOS WHO MOURN
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.
What are you 'mourning' - finding challenging - at the moment?
Introduction - please share in your group
This week in our discipleship series, we are considering the second of the Beatitudes,
'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’. (Matthew 5:4)