STUDY ARTICLE 39
When a Loved One Leaves Jehovah
2 Think how heartbroken Jehovah must have been when members of his own angelic family turned their back on him! (Jude 6) And imagine how hurt he was at seeing his beloved people, the Israelites, rebel against him time and again. (Read Psalm 78:40, 41.) Be assured that our loving heavenly Father is also hurt when someone you love leaves him. He understands the grief you are experiencing. He will compassionately provide you with the encouragement and the support you need.
5 We need to remember that Jehovah has given each of us the gift of free will. This means that we can choose whether we will obey him or not. Some young ones whose upbringing was far from ideal choose to serve Jehovah, and they make a success of their service. Others whose parents did their very best to bring them up in harmony with Scriptural principles turn their back on the truth once they get older. In the final analysis, we must personally decide whether we will serve Jehovah. (Josh. 24:15) So, grieving parents, fight the tendency to think that this tragedy must be your fault!
Supposedly, Jehovah gave everyone a gift of free will. We all are given a choice to obey and serve Jehovah. Angels, the Israelites and billions of humans have decided to not serve or obey Jehovah.
How does God become ''heartbroken'' when... ''In the final analysis, we must personally decide whether we will serve Jehovah.''
Why isn't God more heartbroken when babies die at birth, people die of starvation and cancer? If you have free will, why should you be punished if you choose not to serve Jehovah? THAT IS NOT FREE WILL!