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Sad Heart, Glad Heart
Sad Heart, Glad Heart

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matt. 5:4)

Humanly speaking, the one who can best comfort us when our hearts are breaking is another human being whose heart also has broken with sorrow and grief (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Sorrow and mourning are experiences we try to avoid. We do not so much as think about the subject if we can help it. We are embarrassed and stiffly correct in the presence of another who is going through it. We are the victims of the unspoken question, "Why?"

Sorrow was not part of the original Creation. Sorrow, bereavement, grief, and heartbreak are the result of sin (Gen. 3:16-17). But part of the glory of God's redemptive plan is that the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer, is our "Comforter." The Lord Jesus called Him that, and the early church found Him so, for Luke wrote that the churches, "walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied" (Acts 9:31). Where sin (and sorrow) abounded, grace did much more abound!

How does God comfort? By His presence: "Thou, Lord, hast . . . comforted me" (Ps. 86:17). By His Word: "Mine eyes fail for Thy word, saying, 'When wilt Thou comfort me?'" (Ps. 119:82) By other believers: "Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus" (2 Cor. 7:6).

Small thought here
Are you going through sorrow? Don't fight your tears and thus waste them. Paul exhorted believers to "weep with them that weep" (Rom. 12:15). God comforts you so you can comfort someone else and lead him or her to Jesus.