How To Comfort Believers Going Through Loss
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
This can be one of the hardest times in peoples lives, everyone goes through loss, either of some property, a close friend, a family member or it could just be someone in the community, it can really hurt, and sometimes even affect productivity. If you’ll agree with me what people need most at these times is comfort, but how do we go about it? that is, comforting ourselves and also comforting others.
Well our key scripture gives us the mindset we should have, times would surely come that we would lose things and people, as long as it’s physical it’s surely going to go, it’s unfortunate but true, so loses should not surprise us, or take away our ability to be productive, instead, they should be seen as a characteristic of this natural world, that things are bound to be lost. Most times, the most painful loses are that of people, when you lose someone really dear to you. It can be really upsetting, but as believers we are given instruction about how we should respond to situations like that.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14,18
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
So encourage each other with these words.
We should always remember that those who we lose are not actually lost, but we will surely see them again. We aren’t supposed to mourn like they are lost forever, but like they have just gone out of this physical world only to be seen again. In the last verse we are asked to encourage each other with these words, simply put remind yourselves about these to strengthen each other.
Romans 12:15 – Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
Finally, don’t expect every believer to be emotionally strong or mature, so don’t force anyone in grief to be “tough”, instead, mourn with them, and encourage them, it’s a show of love. No loss is the end of the world, but simply a phase in life that we’ll all pass through.
Thank you Lord for all that we have. Teach us to keep showing love to all around us, and to help others in need. Amen
Author – Gem