“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13
This has always been a favorite Bible verse about death of mine. I love the fact that it’s two parts and both parts are important. The first part is about understanding God and heaven. Do not be ignorant of about those who fall asleep, meaning understand God’s plan for mankind and what this thing called life is really all about. And then the second part of the verse comes in. If you understand who God is, how Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross can pay for sins, then death is only a delay. God has something amazing planned for all those who call on His name.
Of course, there is always a time to grieve. Being apart from loved ones, especially loved ones taken before their time, is never easy. But grief can also be mingled with hope. That’s probably the most important part of the verse, how Paul describes the rest of men as having no hope. Grief that doesn’t at least have some measure of hope mingled in with it is paralyzing. Grief with hope is truly the toughest emotion for anyone to have to endure. So I hope you take comfort in this Bible verse, knowing that there can be hope mingled in with grief, and that God has something amazing planned for those who call on His name.