Happy People Are OK Being Sad

 In Discussion Questions

Read Matthew 5:4

1. What does the word “mourn” mean? Over what will those who are blessed mourn? Over what does a lost person mourn? Over what does a saved person mourn?

2. Since Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount is describing the life of a believer, does this beatitude have anything at all to do with a non-believer? If so, what does it have to do with him/her and if not, why not?

3. How often and for what reason do you mourn? Should mourning be normal for you (and any other believer)? Why or why not? 

4. What would you say to someone who said, “Why are you talking about Christians mourning as being a normal thing? Didn’t Paul say in 1 Thessalonians 4:12 that he informed them of the truth of Jesus’ return so that they ‘may not grieve as others do who have no hope?’ Why should I be a mourner when the Bible says to, “Rejoice! Again, I say, rejoice!” 

5. Read Luke 6:21, 23. Jesus says “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.” How can you have happiness here and now, knowing that you already have your reward in heaven?
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