“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matt. 5:4
To mourn means to have a broken heart, to have a deep inner pain which occurs when something tragic happens. It also means to have a desperate sorrow over evil and suffering.
In the verse above, it means to mourn over sin against God and the result of it which leads to spiritual death and eternal separation from God. It is a brokenness of heart that comes from understanding the suffering Jesus went through upon the cross and realizing that our sins put Him there.
True Godly sorrow is not saying, “I’m sorry I got caught.” This type of sorrow focuses on self and simply moans over the shame of getting caught. It is totally self-centeredness that does not consider the heart of God. It leads to death because it does not lead to repentance.
Those who walk in a true life of repentance mourns over the sins they have committed as well as the sins of others. They also have great respect for God’s honor and live their life as an example.
Achan was a man who had no fear of God or respect for God’s Word.
God knew Achan’s heart. He knew his heart was hard and he was not going to repent. He was given the opportunity to confess his hidden sins, save his life and his family’s lives but………. he chooses ‘death’.
Achan was a thief. Everyone else looked on the outside of Achan. They thought he was a good man who would never do anything wrong.
“…the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Sam. 16:7 NIV