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The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. - Ecclesiastes 7:4
There is wisdom in mourning the loss of loved ones. This month for me is bittersweet, since it marks the 18th anniversary of my mother’s passing.
Although the impact of the grief and loss of my mom has diminished, I still mourn and it still resonates with me each year.
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The words from Solomon in the first few verses of Ecclesiastes 7 speak to the wisdom of mourning.
The root word in Hebrew for “mourning” means Lament, bewail.
Jeremiah was a prophet who lamented or mourned the sins of his countrymen. The Book of Lamentations is literally a book of mourning.
Jesus’ sacrificial death gave every person the opportunity to mourn the death of their sinful past
It may seem counter intuitive to think death and wisdom is a good thing. However, consider what the Scriptures say regarding both:
Ecclesiastes 7:2 - It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and it is a good thing to think about it while there is still time. Matthew 5:4 - Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Psalm 90:12 - So teach us to number our days,That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Indeed, throughout the Scriptures, God shows us that death and mourning is a redemptive process.
Jesus’ sacrificial death gave every person the opportunity to mourn the death of their sinful past, and to receive eternal life after death through His Resurrection. If you’re mourning someone or something that you’ve lost, use it as an opportunity to receive the wisdom of God.
Allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you, but also refine and purify your broken heart as you draw near to Him.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. - Psalm 34:18