Struggling with grief can lead to spiritual development

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) Stacie Kervin
2nd Battalion, 6th Cavalry Regiment
25th Combat Aviation Brigade
25th Infantry Division
Spiritual maturity is facilitated by spiritual relationship.
Spiritual growth, just like human growth, is not a mechanical process.
People think if they follow a 5- or 12-step program, they will get where they want to be spiritually, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Often, the Lord puts us through situations in life that are painful. We do not understand in the moment what is going on and how God could possible use this negative event for any good reason.
I remember when my brother passed away and that I did not understand how the Lord could let this happen. I was hurting and saw nothing beyond that moment.
My brother’s passing has led me into ministry and eventually becoming a chaplain. After allowing God into my life to heal and train me, I was able to look past the pain of the loss. I realized I was more spiritually mature and had a greater depth and understanding of grief and loss. I’ve also been able to better relate with and help those who are also dealing with their own losses in life.
The Lord put me in places where people were grieving from losses in their lives to minister and support them. Those individuals went on to help others who were also struggling with grief and loss.

“We are to grow up in all aspects into him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

Spiritual development is a relational process. Only the grace of Christ has the power to enable us to overcome.
Together, we can all grow into Christ by the knowledge of him as a person. To accomplish this, we must focus on what God is doing in the midst of what is happening in our lives. We must connect what is happening in our lives with how God is using it to transform us and help others in the kingdom of God.

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