|“The door to discipleship opens both ways. Jesus will hold the door open for you to enter, or to exit. God did not design the life of discipleship so you can do Him a favor. Rather He did it as a favor to you. The day you no longer see discipleship as God doing you a favor, you should exit.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, ‘0 my son Absalom, 0 Absalom, my son, my son!”‘ 2 Samuel19:4
David’s son Absalom killed his half-brother Amnon because he had violated Absalom’s sister Tamar. In anger, David refused to have any dealings with Absalom. So Absalom stole the kingdom from his father, causing David to flee for his life. Civil war resulted in David’s restoration and Absalom’s death. David expressed excessive grief over the death of his son, so much so that Joab had to rebuke him, warning David that he was about to lose the hearts of his people.
Often, when relationships are estranged, people have difficulty coping with death. The dead leave behind unresolved conflict that adds guilt to grief. A woman had a terrible relationship with her husband, and when he died she constantly drew attention to the magnitude of her love for him and her loss. She was incapable of emotionally letting go due to her guilty conscience over the way she treated her husband when he was alive.
Paul cautions, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,”264 Keep short accounts, especially with those you love. You do not know the future or when God will take either you or your loved one. A close friend, who because of his job traveled a great deal, applied this principle by making sure that he spent individual time with each family member before each trip, to ensure that all was well. Whatever your method, do not compound your grief by your guilt in not handling your relationships in a biblical fashion.
264 Ephesians 4:26
Job 41-42 Acts 16:22-40 (New King James Version)
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