One of the blessings of the New Covenant is that our hearts are softened. A result thereof being that we become more sensitive to our sins: specifically, we mourn over them to the point of repentance. Jesus tells us in our text, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Luke 6:21). He says in a parallel passage, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).

We consider two things: 

  • First, how can we grieve when the Lord has given us so many reasons to rejoice? 
  • Second, how is our grief different than that of the unbeliever?

We are challenged to pray that the Lord will grant us the grace to see our sins and to grieve in our hearts over them, so that we might repent and become more useful to the Lord.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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