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Love Weeps

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Love Weeps

Read Romans 12:15

Discussion Questions

  • Do you struggle more with celebrating others' successes or grieving their losses? Why do you think that is?
  • Why are we uncomfortable with grief? How does our own shame hinder our ability to weep with those who weep?
  • How does the image of being a midwife relate to grieving with others?
  • Grief is real - what are some forms grief takes?
  • Read Psalm 42:1-4.  The Psalms are full of people expressing their grief to God.  How is this healthy?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 7:5-10. What are differences between godly grief and worldly grief?
  • Grief is godly - Jesus wept at the loss of his friend, Lazarus and Jesus wept for the lost when he wept over Jerusalem.
    • Is your heart hard or soft toward the state of those around you?
    • When have you grieved over the state of your heart or the state of this world?
  • Everybody spends eternity somewhere. Heaven is real and Hell is real. How does empathy encourage evangelism?
  • Grief is temporary - every tear will one day be wiped away.  Read Psalm 42:5, 'I will praise him again.'
    • How can we grieve in hope but still authentically grieve?
    • Godly grief, according to the Psalms, eventually results not only in acceptance but in praise.  Where are you in the process?
  • ‘Occasionally, weep deeply over the life that you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Feel the pain. Then wash your face, trust God, and embrace the life that he’s given you.’ – John Piper.  What do you think of this statement?  
  • In practical terms, what does it look like to grieve with those who grieve?

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