How should Christians grieve over the loss of a loved one? Sometimes we feel that because we are believers we shouldn’t ever show remorse in front of other people. We think it shows signs of weakness or that we don’t trust God.

Here’s something that we should realize. Even Jesus wept. When Lazarus was in the grave, Jesus grieved over the loss of a loved one. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we don’t experience hardships or losses. In fact, Christians may experience more of this than unbelievers. And it doesn’t mean we do not shed tears. While we realize that our friends and loved ones are in Heaven, we still miss their presence here on Earth.

What is different about the way we grieve is that we have hope and peace—hope that one day we will see our loved ones again, and peace that God is right beside us in our grief, even weeping with us.

Perhaps you’ve lost a friend or a loved one recently. Remember that it is okay to show remorse and grief, because even Jesus wept.

And also remember that you have a Heavenly Father Who is looking out for you and walking beside you in your grief.

There is a sweet joy that comes to us from sorrow. — Charles Spurgeon

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder