Losing a loved one is never easy. Although death is a normal part of our human existence that simply must be endured, we can find solace in the Bible to help carry us through the terrible pain and darkness.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 NIV
We can rejoice in the understanding that even though our loved ones are no longer with us, they’re basking in the glory of everlasting life.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.Luke 6:21 NIV
Jesus hasn’t forgotten you. He knows you’re hurting, He knows you’re suffering and He promises that one day He will turn your tears into laughter.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.Matthew 5:4 NIV
Jesus promises to give us what we need. When we’re mourning, He promises what we need – His comfort. Listen to Him. Feel Him with you. He’s there.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.Psalm 119:50 NIV
Jesus promised He came to save us. Let His Word preserve you. Pick a Gospel and read it from start to finish. Allow Jesus’ Word to revive you.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147:3 NIV
Jesus is the bandage for your broken heart. He understands everything you’re feeling. He suffered terribly in life, too. Bring Him your pain, your grief, your fears, and your lonesomeness. He will bind those wounds.
My God turns my darkness into light.Psalm 18:28 NIV
In a time of darkness, we can’t imagine seeing light again. Jesus will lead you from the darkness to light. You don’t have to know the path. Just follow Him.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.Psalm 23:4 NIV
The loss of a loved one is a dark valley, but Psalm 23 tells us we should not fear. Jesus is walking the path right alongside you.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:18 NIV
When we’re brokenhearted, it’s sometimes hard to feel the presence of God. But He assures us, he’s close at hand to help us find our way.
He will wipe 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.Revelation 21:4 NIV
God has promised that when we enter His Kingdom, death, sadness, crying, and pain will be no more. Your loved one is already free to enjoy the goodness and the glory of heaven.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 NIV
Jesus will fill you with hope, joy, and peace if you believe in Him and follow Him. It’s a promise worth your eternal happiness and salvation.
Have you turned to Jesus after the loss of a loved one? How did He help you? Let me know in the comments!
Special thanks to Kathleen Fucci Ministries for the recommended Bible quotes. You can find many more in their article. They also offer excellent guidance and resources to help children suffering from grief.