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Every one of us have to deal with grief at some point of time or the other.
We grieve over the loss of relationships, careers, youth, innocence, loved ones, and many other things.
This world is full of turmoil and grief.
Jesus Himself said in John 16:33 that “in this world you will have trouble.”
All around us there is poverty, sicknesses, deaths, violence, etc.
Many times we go through extreme grief in our lives.
We cannot avoid grief, but we can avoid the destruction that grief can cause in our lives.
So, how can we deal with grief in our lives?
We can deal with grief by remembering the following 3 truths from the Word of God.
1. Your situation is not unique
The devil makes us think that our situation is unique and no one can understand our situation.
1 Cor. 10:13 – COMMON to man
Many times we say - “What happened to me should not happen to anyone”.
But the truth and fact is that it does happen to many people.
If satan can make you believe that your situation is unique, then you automatically exempt yourself from all help that is available.
To truly heal and move beyond grief, we need others.
And you need the right people to comfort you.
After Dad went to be with the Lord – all our family was together – many people invited us for dinner – that helped us to overcome grief.
If satan can cut you off from others, then it’s like a wolf (satan) separating a sheep from the flock: you are easy prey!
1 Peter 5:8-9: “undergoing the SAME KIND OF SUFFERINGS”.
There is comfort in knowing that others are experiencing the same problems.
School – marks – others failing in more subjects than I – we are all like that!!!
Dad and Mom passing away – thank God for 63 years and 59 years respectively!!!
Anyway, I’m gonna see them soon. The only pain is that it is a LONG SEPARATION.
Many people didn’t even have the privilege of experiencing the love and care of a father and a mother.
2. Our situation is only temporary
No tragedy is permanent.
Even death is only a temporary separation.
Many of the things people grieve over will be totally forgotten in a year.
Rom. 8:18 – our problems are not worthy to be compared to the future glory.
Putting all our tragedies into the perspective of eternity minimizes their impact on us.
2 Cor. 4:17 – light affliction for a moment.
What are they?
2 Cor. 6:4-10 and 2 Cor. 11:23-28
Paul’s affliction wasn’t light because it was less than ours, but because he put it in the perspective of eternity.
After a million years in the presence of the Lord in heaven, all the hardships of our life would seem like nothing.
An unsaved woman at the verge of divorce – asked for prayer for marriage – Pastor asked told her condition and her most important need – he lead her to the Lord.
Our grief and sorrow are temporary.
Ps. 30:5 says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
3. God is not the source of your grief
Eden – perfect peace, health, riches, and everything.
When sin entered, sorrow entered into this world.
2 Cor. 4:4 – satan – ‘god of this world’.
Even though Jesus defeated satan, He will exercise His complete power and sovereignty only at His Second Coming.
Satan, sin (personal and general), ourselves and others are the sources of our problems.
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