BLESSED ARE-WEEK TWO
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN
: This week, we are going to study and explore the second Beatitude which says, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." While this might seem like a completely different direction from last week's "poor in spirit," I want to remind you that each week, we will be building upon the last week's lessons.
We will learn this week in our study what it means to mourn in the context that Jesus taught this Beatitude. I imagine at first glance, we might think that to mourn means to grieve or to be sad, which in part, is true. However, Jesus is calling us to something so much deeper than that. To mourn in this context means to be grieved over personal sin. If we were to truly grieve over our own sin, how much would that change the dynamic of the Church? How much would that change our world? Sit in that definition and allow yourself to ponder the implications as we dive into week 2 together of "Blessed Are."
- When is the last time you grieved, really mourned over anything? Maybe it was the loss of a loved one or the death of a dream. Spend some time reflecting on that time of grief and mourning, and write out your story.
- In what areas of your life has God recently convicted you of personal sin?
- What confessions need to be made in your life in order for you to move forward in your walk with Jesus? Write a prayer below, putting your mourning over sin into a prayer of repentance.
PASSAGES FOR FURTHER STUDY:
- 2 Corinthians 7:10
- Psalm 51
- Luke 7:36-49
PRAY: Jesus, give us a godly sorrow over our sin. Our sin is what nailed you to that brutal cross. Help us not to forget the cost of your sacrifice. Help us not to take for granted your forgiveness and grace. Instead, compel us toward a life that mourns over our sin, because you promise us blessing when we walk in obedience to this. Help us to see our sin through your eyes, and move us to places of freedom and victory in Jesus' name. Amen
Don't forget to participate in the Facebook Discussion! https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlessedAre/