#Day 98: Peace and Joy in times of Mourning 

One of the greatest joys I guess of being human is to witness or to experience birth of a newborn. I remember, how happy my midwife Friend was when she told me how it felt like holding a baby straight from the mother’s womb. Death on the other hand, is considered one of the most “unwanted” experiences of mankind. Whether it’s a family member, a friend or even not so close to us, there is a feeling of “oh” that someone died. 

Death is a very controversial issue until now. Some believe that after dying, that’s the end of everything—you live and you die, period. To others, when you die, you’ll come back to earth as a different creation, if you do good you’d be in a higher form but if not, you’d be in a lesser form. 

All of these though are not what God has promised to us if we accept him in our lives. It is true that the wages of sin is death, but God has promised us eternal life. —  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Today I witness how a wife grieves for the lost of her husband but at the same time, joyful and at peace when she talked about the good memories of being together. I was even overly joyful when she used her current situation to call everyone for repentance and to accept Jesus as personal savior. 

Dying may cause pain, yes, that is our human nature, to be emotional, and yet, we feel joyful and at peace knowing that we are comforted by God’s love and promise. 

Here’s a good read from http://lifehopeandtruth.com/change/salvation/what-is-salvation/

Jesus gave His life for us. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus gave His life, a life of perfection, without sin, so that we can be saved. Our salvation comes through the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice. It is by His shed blood that salvation is now made possible for all humans. But we need to accept His sacrifice and turn from sin.

Jesus came to die for our sins, which are actions that break God’s law. He paid the penalty of death for us, so that we can have eternal life. He reconciled us to God the Father, justified us of our past sins through His blood. Hence, upon our repentance of sins and the acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our salvation—our deliverance from eternal death—is possible.

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