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Monday, April 6, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

The supreme mourning which a cross carrier can offer heaven is to empathize with the heart of the Yoke-fellow.

He came unto His own; His own received Him not. They still don't. And that, sadly, goes for most of the world.

The One who aids you in carrying your daily gospel cross is the One who cries the most over His wayward project--planet earth. He is Person. He has feelings.

Therefore, the most precious gift a friend can offer another friend is true understanding of that friend's lot. So it is with you and Jesus.

Thanking Jesus today for His grace upon your own soul can take on the genuine care you have for the heart of God. Such is to bless God, as Scripture encourages us. "Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me."

Then bless God Christ alongside you by telling Him how much you thank Him for saving your soul, then tell Him that you care for His own burden of an uncaring world. Let Him know that you will never renege on your love fellowship with His heart. He can count on you. Let Him know that you will be most obedient always to whatever He tells you to do in order to bring another soul to His grace door.

When you mourn with Christ, you find His comfort in the depths. In that giving of your own heart, you will find His heart wedded more intimately to yours. It is the mystery of bonding come upon in real tender strength. It is the opening up of the inner secrets of God. It is the mentoring of your own spirit as to how to sensitize your soul to that which is eternally significant.

Comfort--what you have been seeking. Had you ever imagined that comfort can come to you by way of your giving your heart away in genuine sympathy to the very Christ who redeemed you?

It is so.