Read Romans 12:15
- 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?