4. The world isn’t perfect because people aren’t perfect, but Heaven is.
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“God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).
We live in a fallen world and each one of us falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Children need to know in gentle, age-appropriate ways that the world isn’t perfect and that sometimes life’s circumstances will be unfair. Children who are grieving the death of a loved one may especially see life as cruel and unjust.
If you’re struggling to encourage a grieving child, assure your child that those who followed Jesus and whose life on Earth has ended are now restored through a new life in Heaven. In this new life, Scripture tells us there is no more death or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
While the faithful deceased enjoy their eternal life in Paradise, encourage your child to look to God for comfort and strength. Starting in Genesis and continuing throughout the Bible, God promises to be with us (Genesis 28:15).
God’s healing presence took human form when He sent down Jesus to offer the faithful peace and a pathway to eternal life (John 3:16; John 14:27). Even after Jesus physically left the world, God remained with us by sending down the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a source of comfort that guides us toward truth (John 14:16-17).
God never promised that He’d keep bad things from happening to those who love Him, but that He’d bring good out of any bad situation that His followers have to endure. Children need to know first and foremost that God loves them. Then they need to know that, no matter the circumstances, God will make everything okay if they choose to put their love and faith in Him.
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