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Sadness Is a Necessary Emotion

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Sadness Is a Necessary Emotion

God Himself gave us the ability to feel and experience sadness. Why is that? Because God knows that sadness provides something we need, something we cannot find in any other way. It’s absolutely true.

The feeling of sadness is always a downer in the moment. But I’ve learned, joy can never fully be experienced without having tasted sadness. It’s not possible!

Could we fully enjoy a beautiful, warm sunny day if we never had experienced the gloom of a cold, rainy day? It appears not!

*That’s why springtime is so awesome!

*I’ve always said that’s why God made February with only 28

Days. He knew we can only stand so much gloom!

God in His wisdom built into the journey of faith ups and downs, and one goes with the other.

Sadness and joy are part of a package deal.

We are wired to think, I only want the good times. I only want the joy. I want the daytime, not the nighttime. But God says that’s not how it works. “Weeping endures for a night but JOY comes in the morning!”[1]

There came a point in Jesus ministry when He began to prepare His disciples for the difficult days that lay ahead. He said, “I am going to Jerusalem. I will be killed, but I will be raised from the dead three days later.” This incredible news was such a downer! How could it be true? How could He say such a thing? This horrible news swept His disciples into a state of deep sadness.

How did they handle it? Pretty much like how we handle sadness. We try to suppress it. Peter did his best to deny the emotion of sadness. He assumed that all sadness was bad and such feelings must be banished immediately. So Peter pulled Jesus aside privately as if he wanted to coach Him up.

“Lord, You will surely not die! This will not happen.”[2] He thought he was helping Jesus. Peter thought, I’m going to pull Jesus out of His funk!

But Jesus made it very clear to Peter. I am fighting an emotion of sadness, but it has a higher purpose than you can understand right now.  Matthew 16:23 “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get out of my way, Satan! You are tempting me to sin. You aren’t thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think.”[3]

The Apostle Paul declared, ALL THINGS work together for our good! God refines us through our sadness. God strengthens us through our sorrow. Nothing that happens to us can ever separate us from the LOVE and PURPOSE of God, not life, not death, nor height or depth. NOTHING at all can stop God’s higher purpose.

Jesus told His disciples: “I know you are sad, but your sadness will NOT LAST forever. Very shortly be turned into pure, unmitigated joy!”


[1] Psalm 30:5

[2] Matthew 16:22

[3] Matthew 16:23


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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