Let’s start with four true statements about those who Jesus blessed for mourning with godly sorrow for the evil in this world, for their own rebellion and sin in this world, and the overwhelming human need and effort to be satisfied by this world.
OUR MOURNING SHOULD NOT LAST FOREVER.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
MOURNING AND GODLY SORROW DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE GUILTY AND SHAMEFUL.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
1 Peter 2:4-6
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
CONTRITION DOES NOT LEAD TO CONDEMNATION.
Romans 8:1-2, 5-6
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
HUMAN BROKENNESS DOES NOT INDICATE SPIRITUAL WEAKNESS.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED.
By these words Christ refers primarily to the removal of the guilt and shame that weighs on the conscience. This is accomplished by the Holy Spirit’s work of God’s grace in us. When we experience the conviction of God’s Spirit and hear His Word as it seeks to clean and clear our conscience - we know that we need a Savior. The result of acknowledging and rightly acting on that need presents a sense of free and full forgiveness through the benefits of the redemptive sacrifice of Christ.
In this compelling (Spirit-led) and redemptive process there is a genuine and affirming comfort for mind and heart that is correctly identified as "the peace of God, that surpasses all human understanding" (Philippians 4:7). The heart is relieved and the conscience cleared as the peace of God comforts the one who is now re-assured and accepted (Ephesians 1:6).
Important to remember the paradoxical ways of God - He wounds before He heals, He humbles before He exalts, and He weakens before He strengthens. But there is a revelation of how His Kingdom’s justice and holiness are valued and implemented before He reveals and downloads His mercy and grace.
The words "they shall be comforted" are continually being renewed and fulfilled in the daily experience of the Christian. In our mourning with godly sorrow we process through our excuses justifications and failures, confessing them to God, and as our heart is unpacking our humanity the Holy Spirit is comforting us by the assurance that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has cleansed us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Though at times we wrestle with the the dishonor and disgrace done to God by the weakness of our flesh, He comforts us by the knowledge that the day is rapidly approaching when darkness and all evil will be cast into hell forever and the redeemed of the Lord will reign with Him in "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13).
Though we are often chastened by the Holy Spirit we also know that the Father chastens and disciplines those He loves. The writer of Hebrews says that "no chastening for the present is enjoyable, but grievous" (Hebrews 12:11), nevertheless, we are consoled by the realization that this is all these things are working together for our good for those of us who love Him "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Like the Apostle Paul, the believer who is in communion with the Lord can say, "As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" (2 Corinthians 6:10).
So the understanding should be this; mourning Christians are comforted by the presence and assurance of the Holy Spirit. Blessed not only by the promises of Christ Jesus but also by the ministry and encouragement from fellow Christians, and by the precious promises of the Word being revealed to our hearts and minds in power by the Spirit.
“They shall be comforted." The best wine is reserved for the last. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5). Remember this assurance, "If... we suffer with Him.., we will also be glorified together" (Romans 8:17). True and lasting comfort and joy will be ours if we make place for a spiritually healthy contrition and godly sorrow!
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Then shall be fulfilled the words of the great heavenly voice in Revelation 21:3, 4:
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
[Reference and Resource]: The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 by Thomas Watson; The Beatitudes by Arthur W. Pink; Reading The Sermon on the Mount by John Stott; An Exegetical Study of the Sermon on the Mount by Abernathy, David, Tehan, Thomas; Lexham Theological Word Study by Magnum, Douglass, Brown; Word Studies in the New Testament by Vincent, Marvin R.
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