Thank you so much for this article. The divine Son of God was fainting, dying. Usually we just think of obeying God affecting us spiritually, and perhaps mentally or emotionally. Jesus has transformed believersâ grief into a vehicle toward hope, since the climax of Jesusâ grief became the turning point of the human story. There are a lot of posts on questions, trust, faith that can be found by using then” search” function on the blog. Before Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and took the Jews into exile, God chose to spare some men by putting marks on their foreheads. A white flower with green leaves is tucked in her hair, as well as attached to her right sleeve. If I continue to wrestle, like Jacob-clinging and begging for the blessing-I am not sinning when I walk away with the limp the wound leaves behind. While it is possible to dishonor God by allowing our grief to give way to unbelief and bitterness toward God (which is sin), we donât have to respond that way. Thank you so much for posting this. "Being grieved for the hardness of their hearts. I too, believe our loving God sees our heart and understands our pain, and I know He is patient with his children. The bible also tells us not to worry, and there’s plenty of evidence to show the physical harm in worrying. When he learned he was going to be judged by God: “He tore his clothes…and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. No one has said to me that grief is sin, but for some reason I wrestle with this question internally. Grief is part of life. Thank you so very much. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darknessâ¦. I just found your blog a few days ago and it has been a blessing to my weary soul. We sit in the back of the church but I guess the tears that flow were offensive to the church leadership. Two kinds of grief about sin â â¦ godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. We don’t normally think of the physical benefits of obedience. you drag your limping soul to church on Sunday and sit silent during worship, tears streaming, as the rest of the congregation heartily affirms all the things you now wrestle with every day. As a brief aside, while grief and weeping from such are blameworthy passions, only the consent of the will to despondency is sin. One theory is that if we trust God in all things, grief should never enter our minds. The quickest and most consistent way to grieve over our sin is by seeing Jesus for who he is and the worthy life he calls us to live. Instead of milk it should say, “Obeying God does a body good.”. Great thoughts: yes, if we’re truly sorry (a godly sorrow versus worldly sorrow – 2 Cor 7:10), we should lose our appetite like you did for the chips. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. By His divine power He really has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness! Required fields are marked *. You are a grieving mother. Their examples can challenge us! It wasn’t until another grieving mom asked the question that I realized there are some (many?) The danger in running from grief, however, is that it can actually hinder us in our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. Melanie you wii never know how much you have helped me! One study showed individuals with the highest levels of anger had twice the risk of coronary artery disease and three times the risk of heart attack. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This implies that, since God knows what is best, we can accept that and not be concerned with what happens. Scripture contains many individuals who experienced grief over sin, whether their own sin, or the sin around them. Have you buried a child? It is quite the sacrifice to praise God for what Joni Eareckson Tada calls a “bruising of a blessing”. Grief and sorrow are a result of sin â â¦ sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned â (Romans 5:12) When God had created the world, including the plants, animals and humans, â¦ Strung around her neck is a large golden key of unknown purpose. Do we experience grief over our sin? ALL the time? (This is a very small church and today’s sermon was obviously agenda driven and directed at us.) It is so cold here and the wind is awful. On this one occasion only is the expression used with reference to Jesusâ(what intensity of emotion does it denote, spoken of a sinless nature! Grief is inevitable, individual, painful, cumulative, normal and hard workâand it comes like the ebb and flow of ocean waves. What sins around us do you think should be particularly grievous to us. Grief At Sin. Our new nature in Christ feels sick about anything we do or say that is outside of God’s will, the way those chips made my body feel poorly. Not at first, mind you -everyone is âallowedâ a certain amount of time to get over the loss of a dream, the loss of a job, the loss of health or the loss of a loved one. 1. So I contended with them and cursed them, struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters as wives to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or yourselves.”. If we do think of the physical consequences of sin our minds immediately go to struggles with drugs or alcohol. ❤, I do not know why anyone would think grief is sin. Can you think of any others? Travel the road with him and discover the kind of friend he is to you. It’s that huge. When we lose those dear to usâno matter how vibrant their testimonyâwe have a natural grief that shouldnât be discounted. Living God's Way—Pastor, Author, and Conference Speaker, June 2, 2016 by Scott LaPierre 7 Comments. (Romans 8:21-22). (He was 17 when he died.). GRIEF AT SIN. ❤. She wears a long white turtle neck dress, with ruffles on the hem. I cry every Sunday during Mass- especially after Holy Communion….. When you lose someone or something like a job, that gave you purpose, value, meaning or security, you grieve. Hector we love you, Mom and Dad, Your email address will not be published. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Inexpressible grief. Ahab was one of the wickedest men in the Old Testament. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." The writer of Hebrews speaks of bringing the “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15). But sin takes a physical toll on us. The image at the end of this post is where I am this week: a long, dry road, that seems to have few places to rest. By the time I got home, up came the chips followed by a very uncomfortable acid reaction. While it seemed to please God in the Old Testament, we don’t see it commanded, encouraged, or even modeled in the New Testament as an appropriate response to sin. “Is God good?” “Does God protect the ones he loves?” I still struggle with this everyday. I’ve been under that burden before that you mentioned, and yes, confession and repentance is the only relief. But God is walking it with me. I’m thankful it helps your heart to read and know you are not alone nor are you crazy or abnormal. Thank you for this reminder that grief is normal and needed. I believe this took place in the spiritual realm, but was played out in the physical realm: The Lord said to [the angels], “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”. This example deals with one of the wickedest groups of people in the Old Testament. “Yet to such a one I look: on him who is poor and bruised of spirit, and who trembles at My Word. It surprised me the first time I read it. If I am truly sorry for my sins, I should naturally lose my appetite for continuing in any specific sin. It doesn’t mean I don’t believe Him, it just means I don’t understand Him. I hope Hector gets off o.k. As the miles went by, the bag (and not a small one) became empty. Today is inside …….So many are sick and a couple of people have a low form of pneumonia. When trudging along this road it is easy to long for a pleasant surprise, a happier time around the bend. If I turn my heart and face toward the One Who made me and trust that even in this painful place He is carrying me and will care for me, that’s not sin. Was there a time in your life you saw yourself as spiritually rich? The Hebrew root for "grieve, " nhm [ ;j"n ], communicates a mixture of divine indignation against sin and a heartfelt anguish concerning the plight of his creation. It’s the widow’s mite-it’s everything I’ve got. I am sobbing while reading this. [Obedience brings] health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Would you be open enough to share a time in your life when you were particularly grieved over the sin around you? So, our Orthodox icons of the Theotokos and Saint John weeping at the crucifixion is not a terrible example of sinâthis would be absurd. Around fifteen years after Ezra’s day, Nehemiah led the third and final return of Jews back into the land. Listen to these words from David following his sin: This past week I was watching a health lecture on YouTube. I also start to feel guilty for questioning God, but that is the enemy. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” as He bore the full weight of sin and sorrow of the world. 1. Then he started talking about avoiding things like bitterness, anger, and even unforgiveness. In the above two situations with Ahab and the Ninevites, their actions clearly pleased God. That being said, from firsthand experience I have learned many Christians believe grief is sinful. His cancer was cured and his agonizing pain left him with his last earthly breath. I’m so sorry they are not helping to comfort you during this time!! That said, weâre now living in a world of sin, sorrow, and separation. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. Hi Jeff, Thanks again for some Old Testament verses that relate to the post. As a result, we suffer with grief every day of our lives â grief over the loss of others, over the sin of others, and over the sin within us. For years I wanted nothing to do with barbecued potato chips and even the smell of them reminded me of my bad experience. My son died in 2017 and I lost my husband of 47 years two years later… half of my family You speak to my heart through every post. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thank you again, you are truly gifted to write something so very true, but yet so beautiful! And while those acts (or others like them) are small when compared to the big evils of the world, anything you do that God doesnât like is sin, and the punishment is eternal suffering. And I come away knowing that even if I don’t understand everything about God, I still believe and place my faith in him. Unbelievers have no such struggles or griefs. The answer is…maybe. Tinling's Illustrations. I know in Heaven I will fully know as I am fully known. In On Grief and Grieving, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross asked me to help adapt the stages she had observed in the dying to account for the similar stages we had also observed in those who are grieving.They are not a method for tucking messy emotions into neat packages. 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