Sometimes when we think about dealing with grief, we often think about the death of a loved one. We tend to expect that people who have experienced a loss of a loved one will need some time to grieve. We are considerate around holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. But people can be grieving over different things that they have lost in their lives. A loss can include employment, relationship, finance, possessions, health, peace and even your joy. Grief will have you evaluate areas of your life that you’ve once felt secure, assured and confident in.

God expects us to grieve when we are brokenhearted (John 11:19, 31–35). But unexpressed grief often brings complex emotional and physical illness. Jesus identifies with your broken heart because He is “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3). He understands when you hurt (Is. 53:4).

God wants you to be released from grief so inner happiness will come. This can be done only when you offer your unique circumstances to God so that He can cause them to bear fruit on your behalf (John 7:37, 38). Yes, through the Power of the Holy Spirit, you can bear/produce fruit out of your sorrow or grief. Fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus will take your sorrow—ashes, mourning, or the spirit of heaviness—and replace it with victory—beauty, joy, and the garment of praise (Is. 61:1–3; Luke 4:18–21).

As Believers must remember that grief is not forever. It is healed through a deliberate, personal, lived-out experience of the unfailing grace of God. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We will be discussing and taking some clear steps on how to deal with a loss, how to identify an unhealthy and healthy grieving process, what the Word of God says about who you are to God. I pray this it will help bring you back to the place in God of “Security, Peace and Power”! Let’s begin mending any area where you may feel a tearing apart by realigning your focus to God.