Every “Peanuts” comic strip fan knows of Charlie Brown's signature exclamation: “good grief.” While the term is used humorously to exaggerate the severity of a situation, it begs the question: is there any such thing as ‘good’ grief. Isn't grief about loss? What’s good about that?!
Though Peter said Christ’s followers would be “grieved by
various trials,” he also said, “In this you greatly rejoice with joy
unspeakable” (1 Peter 1:6). Then Peter goes on to explain that this joy comes from knowing that
grief tests us to prove that our faith is genuine. Moreover, it assures the salvation of our souls and promises to bring praise, glory, and honor to Jesus on the day when He is revealed to the whole world. Wow! Good Grief!