Are you grieving?


When we read this Scripture we immediately think of the someone passing on, or a time of loss.  But grief occurs not just when a person dies.

Grief occurs when

  1. a relationship begins to die and one feels helpless and does not know where to begin to restore it.
  2. one loses a job!
  3. one observes behaviors that are contrary to God’s Word. The spirit within us is grieved.
  4. hurtful words are hurled at an individual – through no fault of their own.
  5. one’s child has moved away from the moral compass that they were brought up with.
  6. one has experienced remorse for a sin that the Holy Spirit has revealed to them.

First, we may experience the deep conviction of the Holy Spirit and mourn for our sin and its offense against our holy Creator. We see biblical examples of this in David’s David exclaimed his remorse, and repentance, over his sin with Bathsheba in 2 Sam. 12:1–23. The extent of David’s remorse was not understood by the members of his household. He grieved for the expected loss of the child-which was his punishment for sinning as His God. But Psalms 51 shows the extent of his grief.

4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;  whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white lifeTune me in to foot-tapping songs,  set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.

Read those words again and consider the filth that David must have felt was hanging over him compared with God’s holiness. He continued to mourn with intensity.

God, make a fresh start in me,  shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,  or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways  so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.

We see another example of grieving over sin and the result of that grief. Peter, now filled with the Holy Spirit delivered a bold and scathing sermon to the Jewish believers who were attending the Feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem. The contents of this sermon was personal.  Some of the people who were in the audience may well have been the very same people who cried “CRUCIFY HIM!” Acts 2:1-41

As believers, we should be mourning the state of our nation. The prophet Jeremiah mourned over the state of Israel and considered it unfair that the wicked were prospering when the chosen nation’s remnant people were suffering due to the sin of its unrepentant and idolatrous ancestors.

We may also mourn in the midst of suffering for the kingdom. Although we have a certain kind of joy in such trouble, Scripture is honest that this pain is real. Jeremiah mourned over the prosperity of the wicked and the afflictions of the righteous remnant of Israel (Jer. 12:1–4).

In the final analysis, we know that true comfort that soothes the soul only comes from God.  So, when we suffer for the sake of The Kingdom, and  we will if we are living lives that are different from the rest of the world, God’s comfort  for His people happens in the present day as well as in the future when we will experience an eternity of “no more mourning (Matt. 5:12).


God does not expect us to beat ourselves up when we have sinned. If you are feeling lost. If you are grieving because your relationship with Him is not what it used to be, then book an appointment. Let’s walkthrough where you are right now, where you were in the past, and what God’s resolution is for your future. He STILL loves you!

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