By Michael J. S. Austin, Ph.D.The world changes when people suffer serious grief and sorrow. Everything seems and feels different. Of course, different people respond to grief and suffering in various ways, but all face this as a serious personal difficulty. At times it is overwhelming. Grief and sorrow change lives, sometimes permanently. This short article offers a look, in a Christian context, at how we might best face this difficult experience.
But, if you are a real Christian and know that God has accepted you and loved you through what Jesus suffered on the cross, you will know how God's peace and the promises of his word really do help you in that difficult time. So, are Christians simply weak people who need supernatural support, or is it true 'that the Lord is near to the broken-hearted?' (Psalm 34:18). Yes, this is a faith issue, and that people who have not yet come to personal faith in Christ will see this in a completely different way.
Look today at young Christians who may have lost a child through serious illness, or are facing some other calamity, bereavement or loss, and you will find, not perfect people, but those who are finding out the greatness of the love of God and that his peace and strength are sufficient for each day.
There is certainly no quick fix or simplistic magic bullet for the challenges of grief and sorrow, but through faith in Christ, the one who carried our awful condemnation, we find an all-sufficient God and Saviour. We see that he has even entered right into our own human experience of grief and sorrow and death itself, and whose word assures us that, 'the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).
Now, take comfort from this, that if you belong to Christ, even in times of deepest grief and sorrow, 'we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28).
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