Weeping Over Sin

“Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

“I tell you, no! But unless you repent,
you too will all perish.”
Luke 13:3 (NIV)

“If we claim to be without sin, 
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)

“…their glory is in their shame.” 
Philippians 3:19 (NIV)

As we look at the Beatitudes recorded in Matthew 5:3-10 there is an obvious progression of thought and spiritual development. In Matthew 5:3 we see that a recognition of spiritual bankruptcy is the starting point for true conversion to Christianity. However not all who recognize their spiritual bankruptcy “mourn” over it. Paul refers to a class of people in Philippians 3:19 who brag about their shameful ways.

Jokes about sin are an indication the one speaking has a light view of sin or at least the sin in the joke. For example, joking about drunken behaviour makes light of being intoxicated. Scripture tells us that being drunk is sinful (Galatians 5:20-21). Being drunk or making jokes about it is condemned in Philippians 3:19.

Those who “mourn” over their sin and repent of it will be the ones who receive divine “comfort” according to Jesus. This matter of mourning and repenting for sin is at the heart of the Christian message and needs to be presented in our evangelism or else our message is fatally flawed.

During the course of our Christian life, from conversion to heaven, we will continually be mourning every day as we are convicted of daily sin. We know that the sins of Christians cannot bring them back under condemnation (Romans 8:1-2). However, we know the Holy Spirit will correct the erring believer and draw them once more to the place of repentance.

Take heart believer, if you have once more stumbled, your Saviour is calling you back to Himself where you will find forgiveness and comfort. You will be welcomed with love that shall overflow in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Come and come now.

Come to the Savior now,
he gently calleth thee;
in true repentance bow,
before him bend the knee;
he waiteth to bestow
salvation, peace and love,
true joy on earth below,
a home in heav’n above.

Come to the Savior now,
ye who have wandered far;
renew your solemn vow,
for his by right you are;
come, like poor wand’ring sheep
returning to his fold;
his arm will safely keep,
his love will ne’er grow cold.

Come to the Savior, all,
whate’er your burdens be;
hear now his loving call,
“cast all your care on me.”
Come, and for ev’ry grief
in Jesus you will find
a sure and safe relief,
a loving Friend and kind.
– John Wigner

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