One of the Greek words for grieving according to Strong’s, is lupeo loo-peh'-o from 3077; to distress; reflexively or passively, to be sad:--cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow(-ful), be (make) sorry.
GRIEVE (1) Eph 4:30. This word is used one time and it is the one we are most familiar with through our own times of grief.
Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Based on this verse, and some 28 other verses on grief, it is reasonable to conclude that some form of grief affects not only the creature but also the Creator!
Most who attempt to seriously help others going through grief causing circumstances know that overcoming some level of feeling guilt due to the feeling of grief need to accept grief requires that they accept grief as a natural part of the healing process. If God feels grief, then it is alright for the creature to feel it. God The Holy Spirit does not deal with grief as to any loss of His, but we know He has the deepest feelings for we, His creatures. Yet, He understands our pain. This long paragraph means the if God deals with grief, we can too and not feel guilty about it.
The depth (pain) of grief is connected to the depth of attachment/love to the person or thing we are grieving over. This grief may be associated with a sin in the past, as with David when he took years to come to grips with the loss of his son. The loss of respect of many of fellow soldiers and the loss of some prestige he even though he ruled as King. His betrayal of Uriah by taking his wife was great! Having Uriah killed to cover it up brought more pain. David lost respect for himself, as does any serious Christian who so sins against the Lord and against him/herself. Yet God, over time, healed David of this soul sickening grief.
Most of the grief that I try to help with comes from the loss of someone we love. This loss puts on different faces. One may lose through the death of a spouse, a child or a parent. In some cases, the loss to death of a close friend brings about a serious time of reflection and grief. All forms of grief are very real to the people experiencing them. And sometimes these feelings, while gripping us less often, still have the power to bring a pain after long years have passed.
John Whittier had his character, Maude Muller, utter heart rendering lines years after a flash of love deferred and never brought to blossom with these words; Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘it might have been.’ Mourning, grieving over some lost opportunity can be painful to recall, and that’s why it is important to identify such memories and drive them from the fore of our mind when they arise.
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