• Julie Busler


Sadness and agony are not sins. In our humanity, they can certainly spiral into despair and distrust of our Father, and even into a life of bitterness and rebellion over not getting our way. But those emotions in and of themselves are not sinful. Jesus, our perfect and sinless Savior understands what it feels like to be sorrowful to the point that it feels like it will kill you.

When Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane before his death, He said “My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow” (Matthew‬ ‭26:38‬ ‭AMPC‬‬).

Other versions say it this way...

“I am deeply grieved to the point of death.”


“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.”


“My heart is overwhelmed and crushed with grief. It feels as though I’m dying.” (TPT)

Grief, agony, and sorrow can coexist with faith, trust, and submission to the Father. You may feel like your agony is going to kill you, and you are free to ask that God deliver you from your suffering, but may we always rest in the place of choosing to submit to His will over our own.

“Then he walked a short distance away, and overcome with grief, he threw himself facedown on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if there is any way you can deliver me from this suffering, please take it from me. Yet what I want is not important, for I only desire to fulfill your plan for me.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to strengthen him” (Matthew‬ ‭26:39‬ ‭TPT‬‬)

If you are drowning in grief today, take it to Jesus. He knows what overwhelming emotions feel like and how they really can feel deadly. He understands being tempted, and He is a beautiful example of humility and surrender to God’s perfect plan.

Faith and sorrow can reside simultaneously in the believer and is actually a healthy place is be. We can have sorrow over our sins, the trauma that happened to us, the losses we’ve experienced, or even the hard parts of the calling on our lives. But when we choose to believe in God and cling to the hope He gives us, we can still walk victoriously in our callings and persevere through the pain because of the joy set before us.

God loves you and His grace is sufficient.

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