Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 39 of Lent: Grief

Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2019

There are some emotions or issues which are deeply personal or often aren’t talked about.  One of those is grief.  We don’t go around telling people how much we are grieving or that we are deep in grief over a loss. They can see it on our face and in our expressions – even Jesus wept.

If there is ever a day to discuss the matter of grief, it is on the day on which our Lord died.  Our verse for today helps us think about a grief or sorrow which rightly should be a part of the life of every Christian “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

iStock-1128525625We would never wish deep grief over a death, some other loss or difficulty on anyone.  But it certainly catches our attention when the Bible speaks about Godly sorrow and the good it produces when it leads to repentance.  It may seem odd to think of sorrow as a good thing, but when you understand that we need such Godly sorrow to lead us to repent of our sin so we can receive God’ forgiveness, it is a good thing.

The verse closes with a reminder of a sorrow or grief which we never want to have to deal with.  It is the grief which the Apostle Paul describes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” Such grief comes when you do not have the hope and promise of seeing a person again in heaven.  It is a grief which happens when you don’t have faith in Jesus as your Savior.

Don’t give up on the Godly sorrow and grief which is an essential part of a Christian life.  Take the Easter comfort which we will hear about in 2 days and share that with others so they don’t have to be lost in worldly sorry.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

Tags: Christian Life