Sorrow not, not, not sorrow
1 Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are sleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."
Here in a few verses Paul makes one of the most direct statements to the coming of the Lord and the resurrection found in scripture. Within these glorious words are found so many grand truths.
First, not the least of which is that ignorance of this day produces sorrow for those that have no hope in the resurrection. That said, the knowledge of this day lifts the concern for those that have gone before us and yields an expectation of the Lord Jesus' glorious return.
Sorrow for the loss of loved ones is a normal and expected emotional experience. And yet, Paul would teach as well (2 Corinthians 7) that there is a godly sort of sorrow and there is a worldly sorrow. While we do grieve in loss, the knowledge and hope of Christ's return can turn that finality into a new beginning.
Paul was not saying that sorrow would be eliminated or that we would 'not sorrow', but that through Christ we would 'sorrow not', even as others. That is the experience of those that have not this hope. This is the hope we have, the anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. It enters into that within the veil. That is Jesus Christ. Amen.