Day 203: July 22, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 5:4
Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

For 7 weeks, we will take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We will return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. What are some reasons people mourn?
  2. Jesus has just said the poor in spirit are blessed (v. 3). In what sense is mourning an appropriate response for those who recognize their spiritual poverty, their lack of righteousness?
  3. In James 4:8-10, James encourages the sinners and double-minded to mourn and weep over their sin, and to humble themselves before God so that He may exalt them. How can mourning over sin be a means of humbling ourselves before God? How can you humble yourself before God even now?
  4. Jesus inaugurates His ministry in the Gospel of Luke by quoting from Isaiah 61: The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, 
    because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and freedom to the prisoners;to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
    and the day of our God’s vengeance;to comfort all who mourn.
    Jesus comes to bring comfort to those who mourn. In what ways do you (or should you) mourn? How can Jesus bring comfort to you?
  5. Concerning this verse, John Stott writes: “Such mourners, who bewail their own sinfulness, will be comforted by the only comfort which can relieve their distress, namely the free forgiveness of God.” What is the source of your comfort today? What is your source of hope? Spend time praising and thanking God for His comfort. 

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For seven weeks, we'll take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We'll return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.