The following articles are related to the topic of GRIEF

The Emotions of Jesus

In addition to possessing a divine nature, Jesus Christ was also flesh and blood (John 1:14), a human being. He thus shared with us the full range of human emotions. He could be happy or sad. What circumstances of life made our Lord weep? What made him joyful? A study of this theme is both thrilling and rewarding. The Tears ... read more »

The Compassion of Christ

The saying is proverbial: "People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care." There is a measure of truth in that. Consider the case of Jesus Christ. He was the most forceful, demanding teacher who has ever lived. He was the one who taught that even one's closest family members must give way to ... read more »

Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The biblical evidence firmly supports the position of personal identity after death. Contrary to the misguided theories of philosophical and religious ... read more »

Genesis 6:6 – Did God Repent?

How does one explain this puzzling verse? And it repented Jehovah that he had made man upon the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Gen. 6:6). First, let us demonstrate what the passage cannot mean. It does not mean that God created the human family, expecting that it would remain loyal to him, but that, eventually, humanity strayed. ... read more »

Is It a Sin for a Christian To Be Depressed?

"Is it a sin for a Christian to be depressed? I am depressed sometimes, and I feel guilty about it. Can you give me any advice?" Could anxiety be sinful? Yes - if we accept the testimony of Jesus, and we respect the apostolic command of Paul. But the Bible certainly acknowledges that life's complications can be depressing (the word ... read more »

Psalm 139 — A Magnificent Portrait of God

We love to go places and see things. We are amazed by awesome displays in nature. We view Yosemite Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean, and the Giant Sequoia Redwoods with wonder. But who made them? As Paul suggested to the Athenians (Acts 17:24ff), let us contemplate the God who made heaven and earth. This is the theme of ... read more »

The Trail of Tears

Human beings are the only biological creatures on earth to shed tears in times of emotional distress. And what is even more interesting is the fact that tears of emotion are chemically different than those caused by physical forces, e.g., wind, fumes, etc. Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution cannot explain the presence of tears in man. Some ... read more »

The Christian and Depression

All of us become discouraged occasionally. That is simply a part of being human. One should not feel that discouragement is intrinsically sinful for it is not. That is evidenced by the fact that even our Lord sometimes became discouraged. Even Jesus Was Discouraged The prophet Isaiah represents the coming Messiah as saying, "I have labored in vain, I have ... read more »

A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances" (Proverbs 25:11, NASB). In the circumstance of tragedy, a simple statement spoken in sincerity, "I know how you feel," are words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver. When you say, "I know how you feel," to a friend recently diagnosed with ... read more »

Only a Step into Eternity

Ordinary human beings cannot peer into the future. Consequently, we can be compeletely unaware of dramatic events that are unfolding around us. Some years ago here in Stockton, California, a young, forty-three-year-old widow drove by our neighborhood high school to pick up her two teenage daughters. A young friend of theirs needed a ride, so the girls got into the ... read more »