Last week, we started looking at the Beatitudes. We first looked at Matthew 5:3 and what it means to be “poor in spirit”. (You can read Beatitudes Part 1 here.)
Today we are looking at Matthew 5:4.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
What does it mean to mourn?
This word “mourning” can also mean “wail” or “bewail”. “To wail” means to give a cry of pain, grief, or anger. “Bewail” means to express great regret, disappointment, or bitterness over something. This mourning comes after we realize that we are broken sinners and become “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3). This mourning is regret and grief over our sinful nature. This is a godly sorrow that produces repentance and leads us to salvation.