So what do you think? Is it OK for followers of Jesus to grieve to sorrow to mourn?
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
Ok have you answered the question, or are you waiting to see what I say? Remember those in Thessalonica who were noble enough to think for themselves as well as open enough to listen?
What about Jesus example? Jesus wept, sharing in the pain of the loved ones that he was about to bless! John 11.35
How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? [how] shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? [how] shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. Hosea 11:8
I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I [am] God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. Hosea 11:9
IF GOD CAN HURT AND MORN FOR HIS LOST LOVED ONES, SURELY SO MAY WE.
O Ephraim , what shall I do unto thee? O Judah what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud and as the early dew it goeth away . Hosea 6:4
So, what is the difference between godly grief and the world’s? We feel the loss and pain of others in a situation of hope. We worship our God in the middle of sorrowing, admitting that He is even bigger than this-whatever the this is.
Just as seeing the enormity of my sin can only show how big Grace is ( bigger than that) so allowing the loss and pain brought about by living in a sin filled world can only show how his Mercy is bigger than that. Mercy is God using the very consequences of living in a sin filled world to bring blessing and glory out of the loss.
The first book in the Bible – Job- is about clinging to God even when we have lost everything. Worshiping him with The Lord giveth and taketh away blessed be the name of the lord. JOB 1.21
LORD THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HURT AND FOR FEELING MY PAIN RIGHT ALONG WITH ME AND FOR WALKING IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH WITH ME. HELP ME TO ACCEPT COMFORT FROM YOU AND THEN EVENTUALLY TO POINT OTHERS TO THE SAME SOURCE OF COMFORT THAT I HAVE FOUND IN YOU.