Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

When you see sin in a blatant form it is easy to react. We can become sad, angry, confused, and display a variety of emotions. Deep down, we know that sin is wrong. Whether it’s injustice, another crime on the news, or our own vices, we are grieved by sin and evil.

Jesus promises that “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). The painting Jesus Wept, by James Tissot, portrays Jesus weeping after his friend Lazarus had died. After this time of mourning, Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead (John 11:35–44). Before the hope of resurrection, Jesus mourned the pain and suffering from the death of his friend. When we mourn, we open a door for change and restoration.

Sin should cause us to weep. Sin should cause us to mourn. What injustice, sin, or evil in this world causes you to mourn?