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Godly Grief vs. Worldly Grief


The experience of grief will change us; we will either press on in faith, as we pour out our hearts emotions to our compassionate Lord, and in the spirit of our mind hold on to his faithfulness and the truth of His promises to us, or we can go round and round in unproductive obsessing, self-pity, anger, sadness, fear, and confusion- never moving forward spiritually or emotionally.

When we experience the pain of grief it is usually associated with some sort of loss or perceived loss in our lives, or in the lives of the people we love. This type of personal grief that affects the whole human race can be divided into two categories: Godly grief and worldly grief.

With Godly grief, our pain manifests as anger or hurt that compels and draws us to turn towards God for help and relief. After we choose to go to the Lord to work out the emotions attached to our grief, slowly but surely we will encounter some relief in the place of heaviness. Then we will be able to start moving forward, as we put our hope in the promises of the Word of God.  We will move toward being able to live without regret and understand that God is able to use all our experiences, both positive and negative, for our good. This type of godly grief will produce spiritual growth, recovery, and acceptance in our hearts and lives.

On the contrary, worldly grief produces a cycle of physical, emotional, and spiritual death. Worldly grief manifest as depression, self-pity, co-dependency, failure to look at and take responsibility for our feelings, blame, manipulation, false guilt, condemnation, sickness, hopelessness, negativity, and bitterness. Within this dark, deadly grief we can easily get stuck in a life of regret, never processing through or finding release into the Light.

It is God’s will for us to turn to Him as we encounter and endure grief. Our loving Lord has the power to use loss and grief, as a tool, to move us toward emotional freedom, and spiritual wholeness. The Anointed One has set us free-not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the circle of bondage in our past.


“For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief [the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the world] is deadly [breeding and ending in death]” (2Corinthians 7:10).

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