The Need to Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

Mourning over our sin is a good thing and, if we’re growing, it will be an ongoing part of our lives until we’re finally Home. 

Whena man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. 

C.S. Lewis

Freedom from sin doesn’t mean freedom from mourning over sin. We should mourn over our sin all the time. We should constanly be broken not only over what we’ve done, but over who we are. Mourning over the fact the old man is still within us putting up a good fight - with all it’s desire for sinful actions, thoughts, and behaviors. 

Constantly mourning over this sin within us is part of what gives us freedom. This mourning magnifies the joy and hope that we have in knowin gthat these sins are forgiven and forgotten. In Christ, they are no longer and never will be a hinderance to our relationship with God. 

Only those who mourn deeply and bitterly will know the heights of joy that comes from Christ’s deliverance and salvation. In that way, blessed are those that mourn. Those that mourn over their sin will be comforted by the Cross of Christ and welcomed into the presence of God. 

Mourning over sin isn’t the same and being anxious over sin. Sometimes we can feel anxiously guilty - and in an attempt to avoid that anxiety we hide our sin or try our best to cover it up with things like time and “good works.” In our prideful anxiety we avoid the crushing blow of facing and mourning the sin that is within us. 

The goal isn’t to live with anxiety over the guilt of our sin. God desires for us to feel secure and without fear. We have an enemy, called the Great Accuser, that would love for us to stay anxiously guilty. Anxiously guilty people avoid the presence of God. 

Mourning over our sin is better because it humbles us before the Cross. Mourning over our sin reflects a brokenness over the sin within us. Mourning over our sin shows a sense of gratitude for all that God has given to us and done for us. Mourning over sin reveals a desire within us to be more like Christ. 

Yes, those that are continually mourning their sin are blessed.