Let me start this off by again saying thank you for your prayers and encouragement during this difficult time for my family after the loss of my wife’s father…we truly appreciate it!
During this time there has been a lot to think about and reflect upon.
As Christians, when we face the obvious difficulty of losing a loved one there are often a lot of questions with few answers. Also, there is the uncertainty of how to process it all. How close we were to the deceased will often be the determining factor of the weight of grief we experience. But it does not have to stop there…we have help.
Although, we are often told that ‘grief is a process’…the scripture above tells us that we have help and we are not alone during these times. Jesus, who is our advocate, also paid the price for everything we would face on this earth—including loss through death. His sacrifice on the cross was for much more than our sins, it was for our grief as well. That is not to say that we will not experience pain and difficult times when we lose someone close to us; but because of Jesus, we don’t have to carry that load on our own.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.—Romans 1:16 (KJV)
As Christians, our faith in Christ means a lot; so do not underestimate its meaning or His power. Paul exclaims that the Gospel is “the power of God” to you—if you believe it. What does this mean to someone who is grieving? It means that they can call on and trust in the finished work of our Lord to carry the load for us.
We may have to exercise our faith in this promise daily or even hourly, but it is there and it will do what it is meant to do—bring God’s salvation (deliverance) into our lives when we need it. It is no mystery; however, it is a matter of faith!
The spirit of grief is designed to chain us to the pain we are experiencing and to keep us from moving forward—which is what God intends for us to do! Just as He did not intend for us to hold on to or forever be chained to sin or sickness, He does not intend for us to hold onto grief either. Also, I believe, to refuse to allow God to lift that burden from us is an act of disbelief and thereby sin…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23 (KJV)
Therefore, my friend, allow the healing, comforting, power of God to embrace you in the time of loss…thereby lessening the impact of grief and even removing it from you! Honor God and the memory of your loved one by not continuing to suffer the pain of grief…receive the liberating gift of God’s love for us by casting our burdens and griefs upon the Lord–He cares for us.Have Faith1st ©2012 Faith1st Ministries
- Grief Now Considered a Disorder (belmarrahealth.com)
- What to do when you are really sad and grieving (ralfweiser.com)
- Coping With Grief: How to Handle Your Emotions (everydayhealth.com)
- Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One (everydayhealth.com)