Do we grieve over our sin?

Do we grieve over our sin?
Do we grieve over our sin?

A previous post laid a foundation for understanding the Beatitudes. Then we considered the first two Beatitudes: spiritual poverty and spiritual hunger. The third, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Luke 6:21b) led to a discussion about grief over the sin around us. While we should be grieved by the sin around us, the more important issue is, do we grieve over our sin?

A love for God demands we grieve over our sin. The Amplified says, Blessed are you who weep now [over your sins and repent].”

While I don’t want to minimize sinning, the truly important issue is how we respond when we sin. We’ve all seen people fall into one of two categories:

  • People who sin and couldn’t care less.
  • People who sin and are genuinely grieved and broken over what they’ve done.

The latter is “godly sorrow [that] produces repentance” versus “worldly sorrow [that] produces death” (2 Cor 7:10). This is the grief Jesus said leads to blessing: “You shall laugh.”

We associate laughing with hearing something funny, but in Scripture laughing is most often connected to joy:

  • After Isaac was born, Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me” (Gen 21:6). Sarah was describing the joy she felt over the birth of her son.
  • Bildad told Job, “[God] will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing” (Job 8:21). Bildad declared God would take away Job’s suffering and replace it with joy.

This reveals another point. In Scripture, laughing – or joy – often follows suffering:

  • Sarah’s joy followed the suffering of being unable to have a child.
  • Job’s joy followed his terrible trials.

The same is true with the third Beatitude: we will laugh – or have joy – after the suffering of this life. Hence Jesus’ use of the word “shall.”

Only the first Beatitude discusses the present: “Blessed are you poor, For yours IS the kingdom of God.” The kingdom is available now, by faith. The other Beatitudes look to the future:

  • “You SHALL be filled.”
  • “You SHALL laugh.”
  • “Your reward is great IN HEAVEN.”

As long as we live in a sinful, fallen world, we have to keep enduring sin – others and our own – and that means continuing to weep. But we will have joy. The Amplified says, For you will laugh [when the burden of sin is lifted].” When Christ’s kingdom is fully established all sin and wickedness is done away with. We will know the laughter – and joy – Jesus promised.

Revelation 21:4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

We should ask ourselves:

  • Do I grieve over my sin?
  • Are there any sins that should particularly grieve me?

Share any thoughts in the comments section!

You can listen to the sermon this is drawn from here.

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4 thoughts on “Do we grieve over our sin?

  1. Blessed are those who mourn…

    Isaiah 61:2 to proclaim the acceptable year of יהוה, and the day of vengeance of our Elohim, to comfort all who mourn,

    Isaiah 66:10 “Rejoice with Yerushalayim, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn for her;
    Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I comfort you. And in Yerushalayim you are comforted.”

  2. Grieving over my sin, makes me think of a time when I was coming back from a long drive and wanting to snack on something to pass the time. I stopped at a little convenience store and bought a bag of barbecued potato chips. As the miles went by, the bag (and not a small one) became empty. By the time I got home, up came the chips followed by a very uncomfortable acid reaction. For years I wanted nothing to do with barbecued potato chips and even the smell of them reminded me of my bad experience. If I am truly sorry for my sins, I should naturally lose my appetite for continuing in any specific sin. Our new nature in Christ feels sick about anything we do or say that is outside of God’s will, the way those chips made my body feel poorly. To be repentant, to me, means that our sin pretty much nauseates us. We can no longer stomach being out of God’s will. We are not happy until we find relief in confessing that sin and getting rid of it. Rebecca J. Shefchek

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Grief definitely takes many forms, thanks for sharing your example.

      Great thoughts: yes, if we’re truly sorry (a godly sorrow versus worldly sorrow – 2 Cor 7:10), we should lose our appetite like you did for the chips.

      Your mention of nausea and sickness made me think of the dog returning to its vomit and the way that pictures our return to sin.

      I’ve been under that burden before that you mentioned, and yes, confession and repentance is the only relief.

      Thanks again. Great testimony!

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