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Four Truths for Hurting Hearts – Funeral Sermon

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FOUR TRUTHS FOR HURTING HEARTS
by Eddie Lawrence, D.Min.

Introduction: What do you do, when someone you love leaves this world for the next? We know that when a believer dies their spirit goes to be with the Lord. They are fine. Their faith becomes sight. But those who remain here have hearts that are broken. The disciples of Jesus experienced this when he told them he would be going away….he would be crucified. They began to wonder, “What will we do? How will we move forward? How to we handle this?” Jesus then gives them some beautiful words of comfort. Let me share them with you now:

Text: John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (NKJV)

……16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Transition: Let me share with you four truths from this passage that will help your hurting heart. The first truth has to do with —-

1. A HEART

“Let not your heart be troubled” These words by Jesus let you know, that he knows the feelings, the pain, the brokenness that you are feeling in your heart today.

-JESUS CARES ABOUT YOUR HEART AND YOUR HURT AND OFFERS HIS HELP

– No of us here can presume to know just how any of you feel, but we can be confident that Jesus fully knows the pain you are feeling and he desires to help you through it. Draw near to him. Hear his words spoken to you personally, “Let not your heart be troubled?” Why? Because he can help you. He understands you. He knows what you need. He can supply you with that which you cannot find through any human source.

2. A HOUSE

“In My Father’s house are many mansions”  I love the phrase, “Father’s House.” Please be reminded today that you have a Heavenly Father and his house is the place where his children will ultimately gather.

-A believer’s true home is in Heaven in God’s glorious presence. This comforts us when we lose a believing loved one. We know they are in a better place with better care than we could ever provide.

-Have you thought about the fact that in Father’s house, there is an activity taking place with your name on it. A place is being prepared for you! Wow, what a thought. And imagine the experience of ______________(your loved one) when they closed their eyes to the world and its suffering and opened them in Father’s House to behold the place prepared for them.

3. A HOPE

“I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  What a powerful promise. Jesus is coming back someone for us all. This world around us is not all there is. As the old song says, “There’s a better home awaiting…..”

-Paul calls the return of the Lord, “Our blessed hope!” We can have full assurance and confidence in the fact that the separation created by death between us and our loved ones is not a permanent condition. We will see each other again when Christ returns and the resurrection occurs. This is our hope! You can make it through this day because of what you know will happen on that day!

4. A HELPER

“He will give you another Helper”  Jesus goes on to share with his shocked disciples that when he goes away, he would send the helper to help them. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would come to dwell within them. This is now a reality for us as believers. The Holy Spirit lives within us. He is here to help us. He is the Spirit of Christ that empowers us with God’s grace to do what we need to do. He will help each of you move forward, if you will just let him.

-What a wonderful assurance to know you are not alone. These disciples experienced the presence and power of the Holy Spirit shortly after Jesus ascended to His Father. Our reality here today as believers is, even though our loved one is gone, the Holy Spirit is still here, and He is here to help us.

-He helps us in so many ways. He comforts us, encourages us, and witnesses to our heart that God is with us. He also ministers through other people to help us.

 

-All your visits, food, cards, flowers and other expressions of love are a message of God’s love to this hurting family. This is just one of the many ways the Spirit of Christ is present to help us in our time of need.

Conclusion: So please remember these encouraging words of our Savior  now, and in the days to come. I pray that you will know His comforting presence each step of the way. I would like to pray for you now……..

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