Today’s Scripture: When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! John 11:33-36

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 hardship or loss. In fact, Christians may experience more of this than nonbelievers. 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. We have hope that one day we will see our loved ones again. We have 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 to grieve, because even Jesus wept. Never forget that you have a Heavenly Father who is looking out for you and is walking beside you in your grief.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder