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A Word to the Wise – 10-5-2016

Does the Lord have compassion on those who are grieving? Yes! When a certain woman’s only son died, we read, “And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, weep not” (Luke 7:13).

In that particular case, the woman’s son was raised from the dead by Jesus. Grieving is a part of life we all must endure. If we have loved somebody, we grieve when they are taken from us by death. Still, the Lord’s word of encouragement is for us today. The Apostle Paul, in speaking of those who have died said, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope” (I Thess. 4:13). When people have trusted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they go into the very presence of God in heaven when they die. We need not fear or grieve for them because they are in the very presence of God in heaven. It is for this reason that Paul could say, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (II Cor 5:8). Yes, the Lord does have compassion on the grieving, and He has made every provision for their comfort.

First Baptist Church of Woodville Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624