“Blessed are those who Mourn” – Matthew 5:4 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
It’s too easy to get caught in the “mourning” trap.
The trap goes beyond the event we are mourning.
“For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and giving you the power to achieve his purpose.” – Philippians 2:13
To mourn or not to mourn…that is our choice every day.
Our choices set us up for disappointment or happiness.
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
Choose to mourn or choose joy in the morning.
The best choice comes back to bless us.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, … But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
1. To mourn and be blessed at the same time goes against the grain of current culture. Talk about the conflict suggested here.
2. Mourning encompasses more than loss by death. What other events or things do we mourn in life? (Hint: loss of job, end of relationship, moving from friends and a familiar surroundings to a new community, other…)
3. Mourning is a natural emotion or reaction to some life changing events. Name a time that you mourned. What effect did that have on your daily life? What happened to help you overcome that?
4. People, maybe you, will say that “I can’t help the way I feel.” Serving God means making choices. Can we choose how we will “feel”?
5. “Blessed are you when you mourn, for you will be comforted.” That is Jesus’ promise. Do you believe this is true for you? Do you have to do something intentionally for this to be part of who you are?