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Westside Care Center Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Prayer, Principle 5A. Forgiveness-Beatitude: Mourning



Forgiveness or Confession Principle 5A – Why Confession is in the Lord's Prayer:

First, confession is not necessary to maintain the soul's salvation. Eternal security means having a salvation no work can erase because no human work accomplished it! Ephesians 2:8_9_10.

After salvation the soul begins a relationship with the Spirit of God referred to in Scripture as a "walk." (Eph 5:8 ; Eph 5:15) That relationship can be affected by deeds and thoughts.

Fellowship is a word we use to describe that relationship we have with God. Sin breaks that relationship and causes the Spirit of God to bring us into conviction– a distress of soul that reminds us we have offended our Father in heaven. To be restored, and thus not loose reward and earthly favor of God, the believer enters a process called "sanctification" that is maintained only through "confession" of sins committed after salvation of the soul.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

5A. CONFESSION – As I have kept short sin-debts by immediate confession of sins You have revealed, I now pause to examine my heart further for wrong attitudes. As You convict, I will once again make confession of my sin and remember it's results.

Matthew 5.3-10 "Blessed are..."

1B. THE BEATITUDES – Lord, help me...

3)the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1C. To obtain spiritual goals You expect, that I might receive the fullest reward in heaven.

4)they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Introduction to this Beatitude

2C. To weep over sin You reveal to me, that I might have the peace of Your forgiveness.

mourn= 3996 pentheo pentheo{pen-theh'-o} from 3997; NKJV & AV- mourn (7) also - wail (2) - bewail (1) [10] 1) to mourn; to mourn for, lament one

comforted= 3870 parakaleo parakaleo{par-ak-al-eh'-o} from 3844 and 2564; vb AV - comfort (23 times) DEFINED AS 3) to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort; to receive consolation, be comforted

The Meaning of Mourning:


Those who weep and lament as though their sins grieve the holiness of God shall indeed receive comfort, consolation and encouragement which comes through forgiveness.

Illustration: Jonah, Chapter 3: The Ninevites 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. ... 10 Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

Barnes Commentary on this verse:

Verse 4. Blessed are they that mourn. This is capable of two meanings: either that those are blessed who are afflicted with the loss of friends or possessions; or that they who mourn over sin are blessed. As Christ came to preach repentance, to induce men to mourn over their sins, and to forsake them, it is probable that he had the latter particularly in view, #2Co 7:10. At the same time, it is true that the gospel only can give true comfort to those in affliction, #Is 61:1-3 Lu 4:18. Other sources of consolation do not reach the deep sorrows of the soul. They may blunt the sensibilities of the mind; they may produce a sullen and reluctant submission to what we cannot help; but they do not point to the true source of comfort. In the God of mercy only; in the Saviour; in the peace that flows from the hope of a better world, and there only, is there comfort, #2Co 3:17,18 5:1. Those that mourn thus shall be comforted. So those that grieve over sin; that sorrow that they have committed it, and are afflicted and wounded that they have offended God, shall find comfort in the gospel. Through the merciful Saviour those sins may be forgiven. In him the weary and heavy-laden soul shall find peace, (#Mt 11:28-30;) and the presence of the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, shall sustain us here, (#Joh 14:26,27) and in heaven all tears shall be wiped away, #Re 21:4.

"mourn" #Is 61:3 Eze 7:16

"for they shall be comforted" #Joh 16:20 2Co 1:7

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