| The Heart That Mourns |
The Heart That Mourns
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"
Blessed are they that mourn! the Saviour says; and I think that I begin to understand him. "Blessed are those who feel" he seems to say. The tendency is to become insensitive. We get used to things. Our susceptibilities become seared. The doctor, who nearly fainted at his first operation, learns in time to look upon pain without emotion. The minister is so much among the sorrowing and the bereaved that he is in peril of regarding the tears of the mourner with professional nonchalance. He takes them for granted. It is not easy under such conditions to keep the spirit fresh and the heart tender. Blessed are they that mourn! Mourning implies a soft, copious, heartfelt grief--a grief that has broken all restraint and finds relief in welcome floods of tears. There is all the difference in the world between a keen, cutting wind with just a dash of rain in it, and a warm tropical shower. There is just the same difference between the stiff and formal expression of our sympathy and the deep and heartfelt sorrow that is the earnest and surety of real blessedness.
Unless we are constantly on our guard against it, we are all in danger of being drawn into the horrible vortex of insensibility.
Frank W. Boreham
| 2009/6/3 5:02||Profile|
| Re: The Heart That Mourns |
Amen. To "desensitize" is this last generation's greatest goal through any means possible. Television and all media are controlled to produce this.
We grew up with Lassie, etc., so it doesn't take much to see that every single form of media and music out there is to desensitize and that causes the loss of "Compassion" and the willingness to "grieve" for others in distress.
| 2009/6/3 15:01|
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You are welcome,thank you for your comments.
Here is another by Frank W. Boreham.
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth"
It is absurd to deplore the possession of a fiery temper. The temper of Moses was, to the end of his days, one of the secrets of his strength. Aaron and the idolaters trembled when, in a fit of holy wrath, Moses broke the two tables in pieces at the foot of the mount. And, turning from the Old Testament model to the New, we have a vision of Jesus, the meekest of all, who, in his righteous indignation, overthrew the tables of the money changers and the seats of them that sold doves, and, with a scourge of small cords, drove the cattle from the temple precincts. It is a fine thing to own a dog, provided he does not seize your brother's throat and lick the burglar's hand; it is a good thing to possess a spirited horse, so long as it remains your own prerogative to determine the place and the pace of each journey; it is a good thing to own a gun, so long as it is entirely subject to the cunning of your hand; and, similarly, it is a good thing to possess a temper that feels deeply and acutely and keenly, provided that you have it in complete subjection. The very word "meekness," one authority assures me, is the word used by the Greeks to describe a colt which had been broken in and harnessed. It was once careering wildly over the waste: but now it is disciplined for service. Its strength is not reduced; but its real value has been developed. The souls that, through the ages, have been the deliverers of Israel, have been the meekest of men--calm men, sensitive men, strong men--not doves, but eagles; not timid hares, but lions with eyes of fire and all their mighty forces under magnificent control.
Frank W. Boreham
| 2009/6/4 9:45||Profile|
| Re: The Heart That Mourns |
There is just the same difference between the stiff and formal expression of our sympathy and the deep and heartfelt sorrow that is the earnest and surety of real blessedness
Thanks for including this, it's a much needed reminder to all of us to show the true heartfelt compassion of Christ... even when it cost; and in response to this, to lay down our very lives in service to Him and to each other. Surely this is what revival is all about! And what blessings will follow!!
| 2009/6/4 12:26|
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Purity in Heart
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8).
Two stupendous principles underlie this searching utterance. The first is that heart-purity is the essential condition to the reception of a divine revelation. God can reveal himself more readily to the pure in heart than to the mighty in intellect. The testimony of a little child who has learned to love God is, in spiritual matters, more to be trusted than the witness of gray-haired sages whose hearts are alienated from him. It is the pure-hearted Samuel who, while Eli slumbers, hears the voice divine. "With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure. " "The pure in heart shall see God "
The second is that, in the spiritual life, there is a law of action and reaction constantly at work. Those who are pure in heart see God; the vision of the Eternal intensifies the purity of their hearts; and this again increases their desire and their capacity for fresh revelations. When a leak occurs in the famous dykes of Holland, the water rushes through the cavity with such tremendous force that it tears the opening larger and larger. The enlarging vacuum makes room for a greater rush of water, while the growing volume of water constantly expands the vacuum. The two processes act and react one upon the other. The leaves of the tree inhale vitality from the atmosphere, and thus minister to the life of the remotest roots. Simultaneously, the invigorated roots suck up the nutriment from the earth and communicate strength to the loftiest boughs. There is constant action and reaction. Every vision of God increases a Christian's hatred of sin and intensifies his struggle after holiness; while at every inch of progress in that divine path he gets a more radiant vision of the face of God.
This law of reaction proceeds unbroken until time melts into eternity. The pure in heart become purer and yet purer as the revelations of the divine become clearer and yet clearer, till at last, pure as God is pure, they stand in his insufferable presence and behold with seraphic rapture the beauty of his face. The blurred gaze of the impure, on the contrary, deepens into total blindness until, destitute of all moral perception and spiritual vision, they stagger tragically out into the everlasting dark.
Frank W. Boreham
| 2009/6/5 14:53||Profile|