The Pursuit of Happy
Blessed are those who mourn…
June 17/18, 2017
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted…(Matthew 5:4)
God never intended for us to be happy all the time.
…In this world you will have trouble… (John 16:33)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)
1. Release your hurts.
When I kept things to myself, I felt weak deep inside me. I moaned all day long. (Psalm 32:3)
I was silent and held my peace to no avail. My distress only grew worse. (Psalm 39:2)
2. Rely on God’s presence.
a. He draws near to us.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed. (Psalm 34:18)
…I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
b. He grieves with us.
Jesus was a man of sorrows acquainted with bitter grief. (Isaiah 53:3)
When Jesus saw Lazarus’ sister sobbing, and saw how all those with her were crying also, his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved…Then Jesus started crying. “See how much he loved Lazarus!” they said. (John 11:33-36)
c. He gives us a church family.
In Christ we who are many form one Body, and each member belongs to all the others…Be devoted to each other like a loving family…Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:5,10,15)
3. Realize there is purpose in your pain.
a. To help us grow in our faith.
Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. (Proverbs 20:30)
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him… (Romans 8:28)
These troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep focused on the things that can’t be seen. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
b. To prepare us for eternity.
We don’t want you to be ignorant about believers who have died. We don’t want you to grieve like the people who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
c. To equip us to help others.
God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others with the same comfort we received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
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