Look at Matthew 5:4 as it relates to repentance and discover the benefits of a repentant heart in the kingdom of God. Click to read.

Seven Benefits of a Repentant Heart

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” Mathew 5:4 MSG

The Message version on Matthew 5:4 begs the question, “What is most dear to me?” I brainstorm the different possibilities: family, friends, safety—all dear to me, all things I don’t want to lose. Yet, none fit as a hindrance to my relationship with God.

Another possibility enters my thoughts, sin. Sin separates me from God. But is my sin really dear to me? A resounding “no” echoes in my thoughts until I consider what our lives must look like to God.


Look at Matthew 5:4 as it relates to repentance and discover the benefits of a repentant heart in the kingdom of God. Click to read.

We seek satisfaction and fulfillment from the world instead of from God. We fill our lives with idols, and strive after temporary things instead of seeking God’s kingdom. We hold onto bitterness, anger, envy, pride, and a number of other traits the Bible clearly labels as sinful.

Perhaps sin is dearer to us than we care to admit.

The NKJV of Matthew 5:4 says; “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” Matthew Henry explains, Jesus is talking about people “who live a life of repentance, who lament the corruption of their nature, and their many transgressions, and God’s withdrawing from them; and who, out of the regard to God’s honour, mourn also for the sins of others.”

We cannot mourn our sin when we hold it most dear. And no mourning means no repentance, which means no salvation.

Paul certainly understood this concept, telling the Corinthians:

 “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NKJV)

With this in mind, we can understand Matthew 5:4 as; Blessed are those who repent, for a repentant heart gains much in the kingdom of God.

7 Benefits of a Repentant Heart

1. Our sins will be forgiven.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 ESV)

2. We will be brought near to God.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:8-10 ESV)

3. We will receive salvation.

“For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.’” (Isaiah 30:15 NASB)

4. We will receive eternal life.

“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3 ESV)

5. We will be comforted.

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NLT)

6. We will receive grace and mercy

“‘Now, therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.” (Joel 2:12-13 NKJV)

7. We will be refreshed by God

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19 NKJV)

Blessed are those who mourn indeed!

If we desire to be kingdom citizens, we must stop treating sin as a dear friend, and instead, lament over the fact it is in our life at all. So let’s live a life of repentance and receive the many benefits waiting for us.

Look at Matthew 5:4 as it relates to repentance and discover the benefits of a repentant heart in the kingdom of God. Click to read.

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  1. This is powerful! Where I run into trouble is holding my sin dear …. when I think I’m ok, I don’t have sin in this particular area …And it’s the other person who needs to repent! … If only they would say I’m sorry, and ask God to help them….. I ignore the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit asking me to draw closer…..when I finally get it right, it’s amazing how God can do a good work in me….. Thank you for this reminder to keep my heart open to Him…

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