Be with people when they’re grieving.
Job 2:11-13, 16:2; Psalm 34:18; Romans 8:28
In 10 seconds or less, try to name every emotion you’ve felt so far today.
How good do you think you are reading other people’s emotions? Explain!
How could someone get better at understanding other people’s emotions?
Have you ever felt awkward around someone who was experiencing a big emotion like grief? Why were you uncomfortable?
What are some reasons a person might experience grief?
When Job was grieving, what did his friends do that was helpful? What did they do that wasn’t helpful?
Read Romans 8:28. Even though this verse is true, why is it not the most helpful verse to quote to someone who’s grieving? What’s a verse you could share instead?
When someone is grieving, what does God do? What does God invite us to do?
When someone is grieving, how could the response of Jesus-followers help or hurt their faith?
Who do you know who is grieving right now? What’s one thing you can do to be “with” them?