True Laughter

Read Luke 6:21

Focal Verse

"Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh"

Luke 6:21

Bible Study

The Greek word which is translated as ‘weep’ literally means ‘loud wailing’. The version of this Beatitude in the Gospel of Matthew reads "blessed are those who mourn, for they will be consoled” (Matt. 5:4). This beatitude has been interpreted to mean that those who cry over their own sins and repent will be comforted by God Himself. St Paul refers to it as a "godly sorrow [which] produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret" ( 2 Cor 7:10 ).

Key Word: "Consoled and Laugh"

Anyone in a state of serious sin is isolated and separated from the Lord whilst those who repent sincerely are consoled. In fact the word ‘consolation’ means to ‘share solitude’. God comes to our broken inner selves and heals us. He accomplishes this through the Parakletos, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. It is then that our mourning is turned to laughter.

"Blessed are they who ever weep bitterly for their sins, for the light shall seize them and change the bitter to sweet" (St Symeon 1000 AD).

Prayer

Lord once again I ask You for a deeper grace to repent of all my sins. I pray that I may experience godly sorrow which will lead me to humbly seek Your mercy and by Your grace, change my ways.

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