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Receiving God’s Comfort by Susan Barnes
“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
The prerequisite to receiving God’s comfort, is that we mourn. It isn’t wrong to grieve and acknowledge the pain of our losses. Yet we don’t mourn “like the rest of men, who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Our mourning is different because of our hope in Jesus who has overcome the power of death. He is also our High Priest who has shared our humanity and is able to sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15).
At Lazarus’ grave Jesus entered into pain of the mourners and wept. He showed us that tears and grief are a normal part of coming to terms with our losses. Even if we experience smaller losses, we still need to admit the pain of loss and disappointment. The “stiff-upper-lip mentality” isn’t God’s idea.
Once we have acknowledged our pain, we are then free to let it go. I once heard a worship leader comment, “Let the hurts of a lifetime flow into his nail-scarred hands.” However, it may take some time to process, there is no instant pain-killer for major losses.
Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee a life without tragedy, rather it means having access to God’s resources. We always have hope regardless of the situation because God is Sovereign and he promises us his comfort when we mourn.
However, if we don’t admit our pain, we can’t receive God’s comfort. It may be humbling to come to his “throne of grace … to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16), but so worthwhile.
Susan, an Australian pastor’s wife, writes devotional thoughts on Bible passages, book reviews and inspirational articles.
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Why Christians Lack the Power of the Gospel in Their Life –
by Michael Edwards
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results. “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.” Mark 2:22 NASB
In context, the verses above were spoken to the Pharisee’s as a reply to their questions as to why Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors, and His disciples did not fast. In other words, the Pharisee’s were saying, “why are you hanging out with the riffraff when those who are religious and know the law of God are here too? We are the ones right with God, and those people are steeped in sin since birth.”
Jesus explanation is that you cannot mix the New with the Old or both will be lost.
The Pharisee’s knew the Old Covenant law of Moses inside and out; they were the Old Wineskins. They were unbending, hard and brittle just like the law of Moses. Jesus needed New Wineskins for the New Covenant of grace and truth. He knew that if He mixed the New with the Old, all would be lost. Jesus wanted 12 New Wineskins to establish the church. The 12 Apostles were the New Wineskins, men who were not steeped in the law. These were men who hungered and thirsted for grace. Men that would gladly show grace, because grace had been shown to them.
The Old Covenant and the New Covenant contradict each other and like oil and water cannot be mixed. If I mix fine oil with pure water, neither is good for anything. By mixing them I have spoiled both of them.
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. Rom 11:6 NASB
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