Have you had a tragedy occur in your life that prevented you from moving on? Maybe your spouse died suddenly or you were involved in an accident or you did something that you could never forgive yourself for. Have you found forgiveness?
Forgiveness can only be found in Jesus Christ!
Thankfully, the Word of God is full of references to turn to when in need of comfort:
- Jeremiah 33:6
- Hosea 14:4
- 1 Peter 2:24
- Psalm 103:2-3
- Jeremiah 30:17
- Jeremiah 17:14
- James 5:15-16
- Psalm 30:2
The Lord uses these misfortunes in our lives to draw us closer to Him.
What should and shouldn’t we say to grieving loved ones? Saying some things can be nearly fatal. It makes the person think you are stuck-up, selfish and think your trials are worse than their’s. Here are some things NOT TO SAY to a grieveing person.
- I know how you feel
- You’ll get over it
- Keep a stiff upper lip
- All things work together for Good
- Don’t cry
- Time heals all wounds
Let me show you why:
- Telling them that you know how they feel without having gone through what they went through is faking your sympathy.
- Telling them that they’ll get over it is basically saying that it’s not such a big deal when it might be a mountain.
- Telling them to keep a stiff upper lip is basically telling them to ‘suffer in silence.’ That does not help! They need to get it out!
- Sounding all-spiritual when what your friends needs is a human friend, can be intimidating and irritating.
- Telling them not to cry is unpractical. Crying gets out what they’re feeling—it’s necessary!
- The cold fact is that time DOES NOT heal all wounds. Time produces guilt and feelings of unforgive-ability.
If you have been involved in an act or accident that seems unforgivable to you, then you can be assured that everything is forgivable at the foot of the Cross.
We can rest assured that the Rock of our Salvation is firm and steadfast—shaken by nothing and ever-enduring. Jesus Christ can say: “I know what you’re going through” because He does! Why do you think he took on the form of a full-human? To experience what we do to be able to understand our pain.
Find your comfort in Jesus Christ! you can be forgiven!