We’re Better Together
God never meant for you to go through life on your own. God says, “I didn’t intend for you to go through grief by yourself.” If you are trying to carry it all yourself, you’re carrying a load that God never intended for you to have. When something bad happens to you and you say, “I’m not going to tell anybody about this. I’m going to keep it a secret. I’m going to keep it to myself.” You have just broken one of the principles of God’s Word.
God says we’re meant to grieve in community. Healing comes in groups. Healing comes in the church. Healing comes in community. We’re better together. You weren’t meant to carry it on your own.
(Romans 12:5,10,15) 5We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other… 10Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other… 15Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
In Christ we form one body. That’s the church. The church is the family of God, it’s the body of Christ. The Bible says each member belongs to all the others.We’re brothers and sisters in God’s family. We’re part of the body of Christ. Then it says we’re to be devoted to each other like a loving family. How are we devoted? We sympathize with each other. When you have a victory, I shouldn’t be jealous. I should celebrate your success. And when you have a defeat, I shouldn’t gloat over that. I should mourn with those who mourn.
The Bible says God gives us a church family for support. We’re to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. Let me give you a couple of suggestions because right now you’re in one of two positions. You’re either going through pain yourself and you need comfort. Or you’re not going through pain and you need to comfort others.
You either need comfort or you need to be a comforter. You either need help or you need to help.
If you’re not in major pain right now you need to be thinking, “How can I follow what Jesus is telling me to do and comfort the people in pain around me?” First, you’ve got to be aware. If you care you’ll be aware.
Let me give you two suggestions for comforting people when they go through any kind of loss. Financial loss, physical loss, health loss, loss of a loved one.
1. Never minimize another person’s pain.
The pain of others. Never minimize other’s pain.
2. Never rush people.
So you show grace to each other and you never rush people. Stop trying to push people to “get over it.” You don’t get over it, you get through it.
You were not meant to go through life alone.
I encourage you, if you aren’t currently part of a Life Group to please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will direct you toward getting plugged into a Life Group.
We are better together.
- Right now, do you need comfort? Or do you need to be a comforter?
- What are some practical ways you can seek community this week?
- Are you plugged in? If a storm were to hit your life today, who do you have to help support you?