“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain… having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” Philippians 1:21-23
Most of us have friends or loved ones who have departed this world to be with Christ which is far better. Far better for those who trusted in Jesus as Lord and Savior who are now in Heaven but those of us who are still here on earth, there is a grieving.
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, (died) lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”
I Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV
Yes we sorrow for our loved ones who have passed to Heaven but not like the unsaved who have no hope and expectation of the future or eternity. Grieving for loved ones who have passed is God’s way of helping us overcome the loss we feel. As Christians, our sorrow has a time frame. We don’t sorrow and grieve continually. At some point there is a release of sadness, otherwise we could not function to our full ability as God intended if we are always carrying the heaviness of our loss.
Soon after the pain of our loss a freedom will come. Joy and assurance of a one day reunion with them will empower us to live out the rest of our lives with purpose and grace. We can also recognize that those who pass to heaven are gaining. They are far better than we can imagine. This revelation and truth revealed in the Bible will help comfort our hearts and bring strength to carry on in this life.
When those of our dear friends and loved ones pass who are in Christ, it’s okay to grieve and sorrow for the loss you have experienced. It’s okay to take time to allow the grieving process God created to cleanse us and to let it run its course. But be aware if it lingers too long. Be sure that the sorrow endures only for a short season. Allow the peace and joy of our eternal future with Christ and our loved ones to energize you to live your life for His purposes and glory.