Losing a baby can shake the foundations of your faith and cause you to question your identity in Christ. Feelings of inferiority, thinking God has rejected you and believing that some how you are inadequate as a person because your child has not lived are thoughts that many grieving parents can struggle with publicly and more often, quietly and painfully on their own.
The spiritual battle, that as Christians, we are waged in is ever raging. It is crucial for those grieving to be aware and mindful that the devil is prowling around seeking to cause us to question God’s goodness and His over-arching love for us. Ultimately the devil is trying to bring about our destruction.
Our mind must be cast upon the truth that we remain in Christ; we are His and are resting in His love. At times we may not feel that. God has bought us with an infinite price, our names are in the book of life and there is no condemnation for us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Our value is not measured by how successful we are in our families and work life, the litmus test in our society, or by how much we inadvertently prosper and do not face hardship, trials and suffering. Who are we? When everything else has been taken away, what makes us valuable? We are children of God. We are sons and daughters of the King, co-heirs with Christ. As we are today we glorify God. We may be utterly broken in our heart; feeling of no use to any one or any thing yet God looks at us and sees perfection through Christ. We are loved!
Exodus 34:6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
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