Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
God hears the cries of his people. We mourn for countless reasons: for the loss of someone we love, for oppressive circumstances, for our sins, and many other hardships of this world. The world is full of brokenness, and the appropriate response is mourning. God does not want us to be a cold-hearted people because God is not cold-hearted. So we are not to turn away from sorrow but embrace it. The Book of James amplifies this idea. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:8-10). Our mourning sets our soul in alignment with how God also feels. And this alignment ultimately brings comfort and hope, for we know that God is working to heal the world.
Lord, break my heart of stone, that I might feel as you feel. Let me not turn away sorrow, but mourn for the brokenness of the world and the sin in my own heart. Let godly sorrow be my first step toward the healing you are ready to provide.
The Christian faith not only impacts our intellectual life; it affects our emotions as well. If you follow Jesus, he will change your heart. Some of the new emotions you feel will be light and wonderful; others will be heavy and difficult. We must be willing to receive both. We must be ready to mourn for all the brokenness we see and experience. In doing so, we will feel what God feels, and this alignment will help our spiritual progress and bring us to maturity.