How to Profit from Sorrow

Today Larry shows us how to profit from sorrow….

Do you have sorrow in your life? Have you lost someone or something important to you? Do you have regrets over choices you’ve made or the person you’ve become? The Bible says sorrow is a painful yet profitable part of life. How can we profit from our pain?

Accept It

It’s not immature, weak, or unspiritual to be sorrowful. Jesus was a man of sorrows (Is. 53:3). Running from it or denying it causes us to miss the treasures God can bring from it. The Bible says, “sorrow is better than laughter” (Eccl. 7:3 NASB), and “the heart of the wise is in the house of sorrow, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure” (Eccl. 7:4 ESV).

I want to be encouraging and see the best so when I encountered a season of sorrow during my time in seminary I was in an unfamiliar place. As I was honest with myself, Debbie, and God I entered a place to experience real comfort.

“The heart of the wise is in the house of sorrow, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure” (Eccl. 7:4 ESV). #healing Share on X

Address It

Some sorrow lasts longer. Such as the grief from the loss of a child or marriage. However, a new season of healing and comfort can come when we address it. God doesn’t want us to be burdened with excessive sorrow (2 Cor. 2:7). Sorrow must have its season yet there is a time to find relief and move from it. Relief and healing come as we move in a straight path (Heb. 12:12-13). This passage reveals healing comes from good choices and good relationships.

I’ve experienced betrayal from people I cared for. To lose these important relationships left me skeptical about trusting again. After absorbing the sadness and understanding the losses, God gave me some time to regroup. Then He led me into new relationships and new callings for my life. I can still have painful memories, but I’ve been freed from the sorrow of the past.

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  1. Ann Musico

    Beautifully said. Sorrow comes to all of us at some time – so this is important to understand.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, you’re right. Sorrow visits us all and to know how to work with God in using it for good is helpful. Thanks so much.

  2. Rose

    What you said about still having painful memories but being freed from the sorrow of the past is helpful. It is so hard to trust again after being betrayed. I am learning that my expectations were to my detriment as my whole life as I saw it has disappeared. Now to find that quiet, still place full of love in the midst of the sorrow is so difficult. I know God will lead me to it but it is so hard and I am grateful for columns like yours which I read often.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Rose, betrayal cuts deep. But God wants to bring beauty from the ashes of being burned. My book Little Women, Big God has three chapters dedicated to Bathsheba dealing with overcoming betrayal. Blessings to you.

  3. Melissa Henderson

    I just completed Stephen Ministry training. One of the important things we learned is that sorrow affects people in different ways. Grief is different for everyone. I am thankful to know God and His love. That knowledge helps me minister to others.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Melissa, that is so true. We need to alllow people to grieve differently from us.

  4. Brenda

    This topic came at a perfect time for me. My husband had passed away 10 years ago. But it still feels like yesterday to me. I am stuck somewhere in the grieving process. The sorrow is with me alot of the time. Talking about him, makes me cry. How can I move along?

    • Debbie Wilson

      Brenda, grief is complicated. Everyone’s journey is different. Norm Wright and Yvonne Ortega have writen material on grief you may find helpful. Yvonne also leads small grief retreats. It may help to speak with a grief counselor. Journal your grief and claim your future and hope. Stand on God’s promise to never leave or forsake you.

  5. Laurie

    Oh so true, Debbie! No one escapes sorrow in their life. We all must deal with it one way or another. Accepting it and addressing it are the pathways to conquering our sorrow! Beautiful post!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Laurie. You’re right. We can’t escape sorrow. Knowing how to deal with it is an important life skill.

  6. Carolyn Moseley

    This could not have come at a better time for me being I lost my mom in March.
    I have been through a lot of losses, but nothing like this. Even though I did the best I could in helping her as much as I could, my heart is just absolutely broken and crushed. I know she is with Jesus, but there are times I just can’t stop crying; not crying for her, but for myself because I miss talking with her. I would call her 2-3 times a week and more because she had Parkinson’s and other issues and the nurse in me would come out to check on her often; I would talk with her or go to see her.

    I realize no one can take this away and only Christ can heal so I guess I am asking for prayer and that I will grasp God’s words and promises and hold tight to those in order to be able to move forward.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Carolyn, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grief is fresh. May you experience the comfort only God can give. I know you will as You look to Him. But grief is very hard.

  7. Sherri

    Went through a very ugly and painful divorce after 38 years of marriage. I realize God brought me out of an abusive and adulterous relationship. But I can’t seem to face the pain of seeing him again, especially with other women. I can’t seem to get past this, please pray for me.

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