How Can We Not Be Sad?

Q. Once the Rapture occurs, based on my understanding, our bodies will be glorified and our sin nature removed. Now, what I am having a difficult time wrapping my mind around is the type of consciousness that will still be present within an individual in regards to all of their earthly memories and emotions. For example, let’s say only one individual in a particular family is Raptured leaving behind their spouse, children, siblings, family and friends, it is hard to fathom how this person will not experience sadness knowing all of their loved ones have been left behind to face the horrors of the Tribulation, and even potentially an eternity in hell should they take the mark during that time period, while they are filled with joy and basking in glory beyond comprehension. I was wondering what your view was on this entire concept.

A. Like most people you’re viewing this from an earthly perspective. But after the rapture we will have a heavenly perspective. We’ll be like Jesus (1 John 3:2) and will know fully, even as we’re fully known (1 Cor. 13:12).

To me this means we’ll have the same understanding God has about things. We’ll “see” all the times when our unbelieving loved ones heard and rejected the Gospel, and we’ll accept their choices in the same way God has. If this was not the case, we could not fully enjoy the life He has in store for us.

In Rev. 21:4 we’re told that God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away.

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