As we finish our look at the Beatitude about blessed are those who mourn, we need to examine one more area where mourning is required. We’ve already examined mourning the death of a loved one, mourning with those who mourn, as well as mournful repentance for our sin. But did you know we should also mourn when other Christians sin?
In 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 Paul challenges the church in Corinth. A man was living in a type of sexual immorality that even the pagan citizens of the city condemned. And Corinth was renowned in the first century as a sexually loose city! The pagans condemned the man’s behavior, but the church did not. It was proud. I’m not sure what they were boasting about, perhaps about being loving and forgiving people. Paul says they should have gone into mourning.
Followers of Jesus so often get this wrong. Some see sinful behavior and respond with hateful condemnation. Others see the same behavior and congratulate themselves on how tolerant they are. But when another follower of Jesus sins, it should cause us to mourn. We should also take the action specified in Galatians 6:1, which says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”
If we mourn the sins of fellow believers and work to restore them gently, I know God will comfort us!
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