How we can successfully deal with and learn to handle our grief.
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Dealing with our Grief
We all know the five stages of grief
How does God comfort those who grieve?
Through his Spirit, when you don’t even know what to pray, the Holy Spirit will pray for you and give you guidance
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
By putting those who can help you in your path
2 Corinthians 7:6
“But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus;”
How do I get over my grief?
Recognize that grief is necessary and important. You need the freedom to grieve. It is an important part of closure because it allows you to honestly express how we feel
2 Samuel 18:33
“The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
Grief does have its season, and it may be long, and eventually it will pass
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every]event under heaven—
• A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.”
How can God use my grief for good?
Grief can help you have compassion and capability to comfort others. Grief is a teacher, it will help you relate to others who are grieving
2 Corinthians 1:4-6
“who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in [a]any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;”
Give others your attention, empathy, and comfort. It is difficult to be with someone who is grieving, but we should realize that we don’t need to have all the answers. Our concern and presence will help the grieving person more than any of us can image.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.“