Grief Bible Verses : 5 Beloved Bible Verses to Recover from Loss
Grief Bible Verses Will Help You Heal
No matter how big or small your loss is, grief is a natural process, and searching the Bible for God's scripture to help you overcome your pain is a very healthy and beneficial way to rise up out of the ashes of a death or loss.
I sincerely hope these grief Bible verses will help you climb out of your pain. Remember that you are not alone, and you will see your loved one again through the power of the everlasting Father.
#1 - I Corinthians 15
"O Death, where is your sting?"
One of my favorite verses, this is a triumphant and lyrical section of First Corinthians that explains the insubstantial, ephemeral nature of death itself.
I Corinthians 15:52-57
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
" O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?"
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
My interpretation of this New Testament verse is that grief for death is understandable, but to always remember that at the end of time, the dead will live again through the power of God.
#2 - Psalms 118
"In my anguish I cried to the LORD"
If you get a chance, read the entire scripture of Psalms 118 as all of it proclaims the uplifting message of strength even in times of the adversity through the power of the Almighty God. Here are the verses that most pertain to the pain of grief.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
I love these verses because they are so simple yet powerful. These verses really convey what the purpose of Christianity and the Bible is truly about: faith and love.
The Lord Our God Is Always With You - In good times and in bad, he will bring you comfort
#3 - Isaiah 66
"I will extend peace to her like a river"
I love this image of God as a compassionate mother, caring for her child in good times and bad. It's important to remember that God loves us always, and we don't experience loss because He does not care for us. Our pain is His.
Isaiah 66 12-13
For this is what the LORD says:
"I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
Love and peace can rise out of even the most overwhelming sense of grief. This verse compels all of God's children to open up their hearts again, even if they are hurt and lost.
#4 - Lamentations 3
"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion"
These grief Bible verses below from Lamentations are especially relevant to those who are struggling to understand why their loved one had to die, and perhaps are even angry with God. Just keep in mind that God's love is infinite, and in the end, He has promised us eternal life with Him.
For men are not cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to the children of men.
If you are feel abandoned or alone in your grief, God has not forsaken you. He never has and never will.
#5 - Psalms 23
"Though I walk through...death, I will fear no evil"
My absolute favorite Bible verse, grief-related or otherwise. Nothing can bring me comfort or calm me down like repeating God's words to David to myself. The symbolism of the Lord as a loving shepherd is one of my favorite ways to envision our Father.
The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
This is one of the most reassuring Bible verses in the Old Testament - the knowledge that we have a home to go to when we pass on is overwhelming in the joy it brings to me and so many other people who follow scripture. No matter what happens, God's love for us endures.