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Best Biblical Scriptures For Dealing With Grief

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The Bible is an amazing book that has been used to comfort people for centuries. It contains wisdom and guidance for every situation we face in life. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the Bible can offer you hope and healing.

We are passionate about sharing this hope and healing with those who are walking through a season of grief – whether from the loss of a loved one, a shocking diagnosis, or some other unexpected crisis.

Bible Verses for Seasons of Grief

We believe that the Bible is the single most powerful tool we have for dealing with grief. Here are some scriptures that may be helpful to you as you work through your pain:

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Psalm 30:5

“…weeping may stay for the night but joy comes within the morning.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”

Psalm 9:11-12

“He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

Revelation 21:3

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore…”

Isaiah 41:13

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’”

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” 

Romans 12:12

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Psalm 71:20-21

“You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.”

Psalm 34:18

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Isaiah 25:19

“Behold, God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.”

Jeremiah 17:14

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.”

Psalm 30:11-12

“You turned my mourning into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, That I might shout for joy and gladness instead of pain and mourning.”

How to Read the Bible During Seasons of Grief

In seasons of grief, some may find it overwhelming to read the Bible. Others, however, find tremendous comfort in the practice of reading the Bible. 

To help you make the most of this powerful resource, here are some tips for reading the Bible when you’re grieving:

Read a Few Verses At a Time

If it’s too overwhelming to read an entire chapter or book, begin with just one verse. For example, if your friend sends you John 14:27, focus on that verse alone until God gives you peace about moving on to other verses in Scripture.

Be Patient With Yourself

Be patient with yourself as part of your grief process is processing what happened and why it happened – even though we know that some things are simply unexplainable (John 16:33) – give yourself grace and space to do so.

Ask God for Guidance

Ask God for wisdom and guidance regarding which scriptures He wants to speak into your situation (James 1:1-18).

Read Bible Verses Out Loud

Sometimes it helps to read the scriptures out loud, so you can hear them. It also becomes a little more real when we say things aloud.

Keep Your Devotional Close By at All Times

Use an app on your phone such as YouVersion or Our Daily Bread so that you can have access to Scriptures at any time during the day and night – wherever you are! 

Tips for Processing Grief

Grief is a complicated emotion with many different aspects and layers to it. Some people are better than others at processing their grief, but we all need help from time to time.

Here are some helpful tips for processing your grief:

Allow Yourself Time To Grieve

Remember that there is no timeline as to how long you should grieve for a particular loss or event in your life (John 11:35). Give yourself permission and grace to go through the process of grieving.

Give Your Sorrows Over To God

Pour out your sorrows before God because He will provide comfort (Psalm 34:18) so that you can experience healing over time (Jeremiah 17:14). 

Talk To Someone

It’s often helpful to talk to someone about your grief, whether that be a friend, family member, therapist, or pastor. This can help you process what you’re feeling and begin to work through it.

If you need someone to talk to, please contact any member of our team.

Journal Your Feelings

Journaling is a great way to get all of your thoughts and feelings out on paper (or in a Word document). Not only does this allow you to see them more clearly, but it also provides an outlet for the emotions that are swirling around inside of you.

Remember That God Is With You

One of the most powerful things we have to hold onto in seasons of grief is the truth that God will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:16). He promised to be with us always, so this should give us great hope and encouragement as we go through our mourning process! 

We hope these scriptures offer you some comfort and hope as you walk through your season of grief. If you need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We would love to support you in any way we can.

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