”I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33 AMP
Thoughts for Today
Physical death is not the only loss in life with which we must learn to cope. Other losses bring intense pain as well. Some are sudden; others are gradual. Either way, they demand our attention and bring pain into our lives. You have probably experienced at least one of these “little deaths” in your life. These difficult times might include divorce, miscarriage, post-abortion distress, job loss, moving, natural disaster … and a host of other things.
In today’s Scripture Jesus cautions us not be surprised when we have problems—“tribulation and trials and distress and frustration.” That is part of life on this earth. He lived among us and faced much tribulation, but we can be encouraged because he overcame the world—and he will help us through every trial we might have to face. In him we can have “perfect peace and confidence”—even amidst the storm.
God might give you opportunity to minister to others who are going through a difficult time—suffering a “little death.” This week we’ve discussed some principles for helping people who have suffered the death of a loved one. Many of those same principles can be adapted to help people struggling in other situations. As we learn to experience peace and confidence in Jesus through every situation, we will be more prepared to help others do the same.
Father, thank you that no matter what is going on around us, because of Jesus we can experience peace and confidence. Teach me to trust you in every situation … and to help others who are experiencing trials. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Handling Loss and Grief by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. This group study helps identify what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. To grieve is human; how to grieve Christianly is supernatural. It requires us to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us through the grieving process. This booklet also provides guidance in the use of Scripture to help the grieving. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss and comfort to those who have faced loss. This guide also provides help for anyone ministering to those experiencing a "little death" in life: divorce, loss of job, etc.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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