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We all will experience loss at some time, in our lives. The first person that passed away, and I loved very much, was my dad. It was so painful and sad. To this day, I miss him. But what comforted my heart was the Word of God. “God sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction” (Psalm 107:20). His Word is a comfort, when we experience a death of a loved one. What I have learned is that every one of us will experience it a little differently. Grief is grief and if you really cared for someone you will experience some degree of grief. The basic stages of grief are denial (you just can't believe that they are gone), anger (you are mad that they are gone), depression (you are troubled about them being gone), and then acceptance.
We will all go through some kind of process, when we have lost someone whom we cared for. What's interesting is that God gave us emotions, feelings, the ability to love someone, and then those same feelings and emotions can create in us hurt. However, God has a process for all of us. We must continue to believe Him and act on His Word because Jesus said that He came to heal the brokenhearted. If you are hurting today, maybe you have been grieving the loss of someone you really loved and cared for; start asking God to comfort you, and then find out what God says in His Word about those who are hurting, those who are born-again when someone close to them dies. What I realized is that God says that when another believer passes, we will sorrow, but we will sorrow with hope. Don't allow the death of someone close to you, as painful as it is, sideline you forever. I have met some wonderful people who have experienced such tragedy, only to watch them pick themselves up and act on the Word of God. I have watched God turn their pain around to where they are now helping others who are grieving. God can and will help, if only I believe.
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, February 2, 2015 @ 7:10 AM CDT
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