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The 8th secret is found in these words of Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Now wait a minute! Blessed are those who mourn? Are you kidding? How can mourning be a blessed experience or one that makes you happy? As you can easily see every one of these snapshots goes against what you might normally expect. Jesus and his Kingdom always move to the beat of a different drummer.
Mourning means to develop a sensitivity to that which keeps you from being and doing all that you were created to be and to do. This attitude builds right on top of the first. Once you have a right evaluation of your self, God, and others, it is natural to be sensitive to anything that might pull you down or pull you away from being and doing what’s right. It’s mourning over that which keeps you from Jesus and his Kingdom.
This is a mourning process. Learn to mourn over your weaknesses that tend to keep you from God. Weaknesses seem to be categorized in two ways. First, your inner vulnerabilities that make you prone to fall apart or to do foolish things. Second, the trials you face when you suffer loss or when you are in the midst of your various problems.
By the way, when you genuinely mourn, you must feel the pain. Moan and groan over it! Feel it! Don’t deny your feelings about it! The pain is for real, so really feel it! If you mourn properly, you’ll discover something of a surprise on the other end. You will find a sense of comfort and inner joy. This is really the process of reframing your weaknesses so you can have a proper perspective on them.
What is it that keeps you from walking with Jesus and living the Kingdom lifestyle? What keeps you drifting away from what you know you really want with respect to your faithfulness to him? List it out and actually MOURN over it. There’s something about identifying it and saying it that helps to push it out of your way.
NOTE one more thing within this snapshot. It says “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Focus on that second part: “for they will be comforted.” You see, when you mourn over that which keeps you from God-whatever it is, Jesus says you will find an unusual comfort in the process. He will comfort you.
SECRET #8 is: The follower of Jesus mourns over that which keeps him from God. So, try it out. Then, you will be comforted by the Spirit of Jesus, himself. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”