Not long ago a friend of mine said good-bye to her father. His decades of life on the earth came to an end and his family and friends gathered for a time of remembrance and celebration of his life. They miss him. Yet, they also rejoice for him. We understand the former but, at times, the latter confuses people. After a death, how can people rejoice? Look to the apostle Paul's words.
Paul wrote with Holy Spirit inspiration and conviction. He reminded the Christians who first read his letter that their response to death can and should be different than the world's. "World's" there referring to non-believers. Christians have a great hope based upon the true words from the True God. Thanks to God, Christians have hope in even the most difficult times. In . . .
Paul knew (experienced) that regularly. Therefore, he encouraged his readers. Do his words encourage you?
To help them (and us), Paul backed his statement with a grand explanation.
Go and encourage another with these words.