The Lord Jesus calls those blessed who mourn (Matthew 5.4).  He means those who sorrow for sin and grieve daily over their shortcomings.  These are those who trouble themselves more about sin than anything on earth.  The remembrance of it is grievous to them.  The burden of it is intolerable.  Blessed are all such.  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit” (Psalm 51.17a).  One day, they will weep no more.  They shall be comforted. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), from a meditation on Matthew 5.1-12.


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