John 14:26 (TLB)
But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.
We mourn, and the Comforter blesses us with godly wisdom and treasured memories.
Think of the disciples, daily walking and talking with Jesus, and then . . . he was gone. Surely they mourned, as Jesus knew they would. He promised them comfort:
John 14:26 (AMP)
. . . the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit . . .
We have the same promise, the same Comforter.
“The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church.”
Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994 )
Blessed are those who mourn over sin.
Matthew 5:4 (NIV)
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed because they are comforted.
How sad to forever mourn and never be comforted (maybe that’s what hell is like).
Blessed are those who mourn.
Do you agree?
- That makes no sense
- In the Bible, must be true. But how?
What if you lived without grief?
That means that you never loved enough to grieve when someone dies, never held enough hope to be crushed when things don’t work out, never owned enough to miss it when it was gone.
Truly, you are blessed to have goals, possessions and loved ones worth mourning.
A good hospital is a safe shelter for people in need of healing. And a good hospital requires resources—things that are hard to find in some places. Mercy Ships has found a way:
“A ship is the most efficient platform to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and personnel is limited or nonexistent. And, because more than 50% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of the coast, we can reach more people who need care.”
Since their beginning in 1978, Mercy Ships has performed more than 84,000 surgeries in almost 600 ports. “Healing continues long after the ship departs.” Mercy Ships tries to leave the host nation better than they found it: with better training, tools, and infrastructure .
Oh Lord, may we all leave the places and people we visit better than we found them! Bless Mercy Ships crew and organizers as they bring healing to hurting people and places.
Proverbs 9:10 (ERV)
Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the Lord.
Your attitude sets you on the path to wisdom. Not your reading skills.
I mentioned “the fear of the Lord.” My friend responded, “God doesn’t want us to fear him. God is love.” I answered, “It’s in the Bible. Both. Fear and love.”
Lord God, you are more than I can understand. You are loving and holy. You are kind and just. You are the Lord Almighty and the Prince of Peace.
I believe. Help my unbelief.
So you think there’s no need to fear God? Maybe that’s what Moses thought when he asked God to show him his glory.
God said, “Yes . . . but.”
Exodus 33:20-23 (MSG)
“But you may not see my face. No one can see me and live.” God said, “Look, here is a place right beside me. Put yourself on this rock. When my Glory passes by, I’ll put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with my hand.”
Never underestimate the power of God’s glory.
If you don’t understand how fearsome God is, you can’t appreciate how much Christ has done for us.
“’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.”
John Newton, 1773