Bible Question:

Do we mourn for the loss of others close to us on earth after we have died and are in heaven? I ask this is reference to people who will not join us in the afterlife next to the Father, but have chosen a different destiny for themselves.

Bible Answer:

One of the great gifts of God to those who go to heaven will be unbelievable joy and happiness. Jesus said that He came to give us peace and joy.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (NASB) John 14:27

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (NASB) John 15:11

He was talking about the new life. The new life is what every Christian should be experiencing. The angel who released the apostles out of prison said that our new spiritual life was a “Life.” it is not a list of rules, duties, obligations, or a social club. It is a Life – a spiritual one. Jesus was not talking about peace and joy only in heaven. He was talking peace and joy starting in this life. It starts here and then just continues in heaven. Revelation 21:4 describes part of what it will be like in heaven.

. . . and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. (NASB) Rev. 21:4

There will be no sorrow, sadness, tears, or pain in heaven. Since that is true, there will not be mourning of those back on the earth or those who are not in heaven. There will be no sorrow on heaven. Hallelujah!

Conclusion:

I am looking forward to seeing Jesus’ face (Rev. 22:4). That is the great promise for those who love Him. Just imagine: we will see God face-to-face. How could anything make us unhappy when we will be in the presence of God – One who loves us.