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Believers in Jesus No Longer Delights in Sinful Indulgences

 In describing His would-be followers, another characteristic in addition to the first one of being poor in spirit is stated as "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". A Bible commentator said the following, "The term mourn means "to experience deep grief" over sin, a life style which ought to have become something of the past as one attains newness of life in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Interestingly, there is an unbiblical school of thought that says that once one becomes a believer in Christ and have had their sin forgiven by the blood of Jesus, one no longer has need to confess any sin nor even seek forgiveness as clearly stated in I John 1:8-10.  So, in this statement of mourning, Jesus is teaching us that a genuine believer is very sensitive to any kind of sin that he/she sees as a no-go area. We are blessed when we maintain a clear distance from yielding into sin. It is contrary to our new nature now being controlled by the Holy Spirit as children of God with a new identity in Christ. Rather, one desires to be more and more like Christ in thought, word and action to enjoy inside oneself the comfort and richness of fellowship with God. The commentator said that the Spirit comforts those who are honest about their own sin and humble enough to ask for forgiveness and healing. Those who hide their sin or try to justify it before God can never know the comfort that comes from a pure heart. The bible declares, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them finds mercy (Proverbs 28:13). 

No wonder Apostle Paul warned believers in Christ, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).                                                              - Dr. Johnson Omoni

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