Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
I. WHAT THAT MOURNING IS WHICH CHRIST THUS PRONOUNCES BLESSED. Not every kind of mourning. There is the sorrow of the world that worketh death: —
1. Such is the mourning that springs from a bad source. From pride or discontent.
2. Such is the mourning that is the expression of a bad spirit. But
(1) Blessed are they who mourn for themselves;
(2) Who mourn for their Christian brethren;
(3) Who mourn for the Church;
(4) Who mourn for the world.
II. WHAT IS THE BLESSEDNESS OF THAT COMFORT WHICH THE REDEEMER HERE ASSURES US IS ATTACHED TO THIS MOURNING.
1. It is present and positive.
2. There are comparative and contrasted blessings connected with this sorrow; the situation of such is less dangerous than that of others.
3. It is less equivocal than that of others. "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth."
4. This blessedness is peculiar to themselves.
(Dr. T. Raffles.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.