Coping with Loss as a Christian

This is not your Home:

Every human being on earth will have to face losses and difficult situations in their lives. There is no escape.

But there is a huge difference between an unsaved person going through a season of loss and a Child of God facing a similar heartache. The unsaved people have to deal with the loss and pain alone. Though they may have loved ones to share and care for, they don't have the hope and comfort that we have. They do not have the Holy Spirit and they do not have the greatest gift(salvation) we have.

When we go through any kind of loss, we must remind ourselves that temporal things will be left behind in the world anyway and we know that we are heading to a place where there won't be any pain and suffering. 

1 Thessalonians 4:

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Genuine conversations with God:

The children of God have this great privilege of interacting with the maker of the universe. The Scriptures encourages us to talk to Him about everything. Jesus loves to talk to us through His Word and hear us talk(prayer). 

There is relief in pouring out our hearts genuinely before God as the Psalmists did.

When you feel sad, talk to God before talking to people. Don't turn on the TV but open your Bible and read instead. 

Prayer makes us more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, comforts us and strengthens us. God hears everything you tell Him. He is in perfect control of everything. He is your loving heavenly father who wants the very best for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful about nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalms 34:17-20 - The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 

Keep Moving:

The devil knows that a person who has suffered a huge loss is prone to keep worrying and wasting time for too long. While there is a time to mourn, it shouldn't be too long to keep you from doing what God wants you to do.

For instance, the death of a loved one is a genuine reason to mourn. But, the people of Israel had a specific mourning period which is usually 30 days. Though this is not a commandment from God and cannot be a standard for Christians, the point is that you cannot stay in the state of inactivity for long, because your life span is short. 

Joshua 1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all these people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Never sit idle. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

Keep moving and God will guide you to your next steps, as you walk with Him. 

2 Thessalonians 3:11 - For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Matthew 10:38 - And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

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