“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials…” (James 1:2)
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11)
What is our response when someone grieves? Dear friends,
The question from my last blog on grief was, “How can we have joy and grief at the same time?” How do we “consider it all joy” when we are in great pain? How is our joy to be full when we experience personal tragedy?
Joy is not laughter, bubbly smiles, or surges of happiness. These things can accompany joy, but they don’t define it.
Biblical joy is deeper and higher than any circumstance. Joy is a deep “knowing” that nothing can touch our union with God in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the only source of true joy. We live in joy when we abide in Jesus. (John 15:5)
The purest and most powerful joy is often experienced in the deepest of tragedies. Joy’s power is displayed in the darkness, just like diamonds on black velvet.
Paul said, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) and “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword… But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
Entering into another’s grief can spur on the process toward healing joy that comes in God’s timing.
God bless you,