Sunday, June 1, 2014

1 Thessalonians 4:14

1 Thessalonians 4:14 – We believe that Jesus died and rose again so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

         We have all lost someone that we care about. It’s hard. I’ve lost more people than I would like to mention. When we lose someone we Love we have to grieve, but we need to do it in such a way that will not harm us or those around us.
I've heard people say that it is selfish to grieve because all you are doing is looking at your own desire to have that person back, but it is not selfish if done in the right perspective. Even Jesus grieved for His dear friend Lazarus when he died, as we see in the well-known verse from the gospel of John, “Jesus wept”.
Grieving is a necessary part of the healing process when you lose someone. What we have to be careful of though is not to get stuck at that point. We have to look at the full picture. As we see in this passage if a person knows Christ when they pass away they will be brought with Him to heaven. So, really, they are in a better place. If they died in Christ they are also raised with Him. Knowing this can help us through the grieving process. Ultimately though, we have to trust God, because we do not know the state of a person’s heart.
So, when someone you Love dies in Christ, take time to grieve. But also trust that God now has that person and they are free from all trouble and pain. They are in a better place, so we must also rejoice with them. All in all, we must give it up to God and let Him heal our hearts and give us the peace we need to get through the loss.

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