How can you be happy when you mourn? The second beatitude told by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount says:
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted! (Matthew 5:4)(NASB)
When he heard about the serious sins in which some Christians from Corinth have fallen, the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter and rebuked them harshly, calling the church to take urgent attitude to those who have sinned to be thrown out. This commandment of Paul has caused much sorrow, but also more repentance and correction. Therefore, the Apostle has written the second letter as follows:
For though I caused you sorrow by my letter (he refers to the first letter), I do not regret it; though I did regret it for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter. (2 Corinthians 7:8-11)(NASB)
The Word of God mentions two kinds of sorrow:
- According to the will of God is the sorrow that leads to repentance.
- The sorrow of the world that does not lead to repentance, even it it sorry for the committed sins.
Only one who is sad according to the will of God, fully repents, renounces the committed sins and receives comfort from God.
What do you feel when you think of the sins you have committed? Don’t you want to be sorrowful according to the the will of God to repent and to have part of true happiness?
Translated by Felicia Rotaru