Though we all dread the thought, at some point we will lose a loved one.
It might be due to old age and natural causes, with a full understanding that their time has come. Alternately, it may be under very tragic circumstances, where a whole community is cast into turmoil over the event. Regardless of the situation surrounding the loss, someone somewhere will be thrust into the pain and anguish of grief.
As Christians, grief can be a mental battle of sorts. If our loved one knew Jesus Christ as their Saviour, our heads what to tell our hearts that we should be rejoicing that they have reached glory. But it just doesn’t work, does it.
But what if our loved one did not know and follow Christ? As Believers, we generally take one of two approaches: First, (1) we might go through even deeper grief, knowing that our loved one’s rejection of Christ has led them into eternal anguish. This can bring our grief to a debilitating emotional state.
On the other hand, (2) we may try to convince ourselves that maybe they accepted Christ right before they passed, and therefore made it into heaven. Many of our friends and family members typically help this process by stating things like, “only God can know what was in their heart.” Either way, the mental battle rages on within the Christian-mind.
Thankfully, we have a Saviour who was fully God and yet, fully man! Jesus also experienced the loss of a loved one. Furthermore, it caused Him deep sorrow which is explained in Scripture.
Check out a couple other recently updated posts, based around the account of Christ’s loss of a loved one, as well as my personal experiences with loss.
- Christ’s Ability to Empathize with the Loss of a Loved One
- When Loss Hits Close to Home for the First Time
- Have You Experienced Sorrow?
What thoughts and emotions gripped you during your time of loss?
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