The one thing the world tries to shun is mourning; its whole organization is based on the supposition that this is something to avoid. The philosophy of the world is, Forget your troubles, turn your back upon them, do everything you can not to face them. Things are bad enough without you going to look for troubles, says the world; therefore be as happy as you can. The whole organization of life, the pleasure mania, the money, the energy and enthusiasm that are expended in entertaining people, are all just an expression of the great aim of the world to get away from this idea of mourning and this spirit of mourning. But the gospel says, “Happy are they that mourn.” Indeed they are the only ones who are happy! (…)

This is the man who mourns; this is the Christian. This is the type of Christian seen in the Church in ages past, when the doctrine of sin was preached and emphasized, and men were not merely urged to make a sudden decision. A deep doctrine of sin, a high doctrine of joy, and the two together produce this blessed, happy man who mourns, and who at the same time is comforted. The way to experience that, obviously, is to read the Scriptures, to study and meditate upon them, to pray to God for His Spirit to reveal sin in us to ourselves, and then to reveal to us the Lord Jesus Christ in all His fullness. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

— D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Matthew 5:4 in Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

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