By these words above Christ does not teach that mourning in itself has power to remove the guilt of sin. He gives no sanction to pretense or to voluntary humility. The mourning of which He speaks does not consist in melancholy and lamentation. While we sorrow on account of sin, we are to rejoice in the special privilege of being children of God.

We often sorrow because our evil deeds brings unpleasant consequences to ourselves; but this is not repentance. Real sorrow for sin is the result of the working of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit reveals the gratitude of the heart that has slighted and grieved the Saviour, and brings us in contrition to the foot of the cross. By every sin Jesus is wounded afresh; and we look upon Him whom we have pierced, we mourn for the sins that has brought anguish upon Him (Jesus). Such mourning will lead to the renunciation of sin.

The people of the world out of ignorance and darkness of their hearts may pronounce this sorrow a weakness; but it is the strength which binds the penitent to the infinite One (Jesus) with links that cannot be broken. It shows that Jesus has brought back to the soul the grace and glory that was lost through darkness of heart and transgression. The tears of the penitent are only the raindrops that precede the sunshine of holiness. This sorrow heralds a joy that will be a living fountain in the soul. "Only acknowledged thine iniquity, that thou has transgressed against the Lord thy God;" "and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful says the Lord." Jeremiah 3:13, 12. "Unto them that mourn in Zion," He has appointed to give "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." Isaiah 61:3.

Please be sincere and give your life to Jesus today before it is too late. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 KJV.

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