When you lose a loved one, it seems like no one’s words can ever provide a source of comfort. We can even turn away the word of God because the pain is so bad. Yet God does not turn us away. He has encouragement verses for grief or death- when we’re ready to read them.
Death is so hard for us because it’s hard to grasp God giving us people to love and then taking them away. It’s hard to remember during grief that God knows what’s best for us and the people He has taken. We know deep down that they are in a better place. So how does God encourage us through death and grief? I found some of God’s encouragement verses for grief in Revelations, Jeremiah, Luke and John.
Encouragement At The World’s End
Even at the end of our human world, God encouraged us. Revelations is known for its description of end times and outlining how Jesus will overcome Satan. It speaks of great destruction and death to include the non-believers and unsaved. Yet in the midst of battling demons and great beasts, God reminds us that when it’s over, there is no more death:
Revelations 21:4 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.
I know, it’s tough to see this when you have just lost someone. But it is God’s word and He’s carried you thus far.
Losing a child is probably one of the most painful experiences one can have. We all expect our children to outlive us; there is never a time when we can 100 percent feel ready to lose a life that we have raised. Yet even in the midst of this, God’s encouragement verse is found in Luke, where He reminds us of how much he loves our children. After all, God sent his son to die for us.
Luke 18: 16-17 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
He also reminds us in Jeremiah how long we have been His children:
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Encouragement in Your own Death
Whenever you go to a Christian funeral, we can pause to reflect on our own mortality. If you listen carefully, the pastor reminds us of something that we need to remind ourselves when it’s our time: our loved one is sitting next to Jesus!
Jesus reminds us of this, too, in the book of John. Right before his death, He foretells the apostles of his resurrection:
John 16:16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”
Later on, Jesus tells them that they will grieve his death but will later be rejoicing when they see Him again. He compares this to childbirth:
John 16: 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
When we die, our loved ones aren’t too far behind because life is short. Jesus is telling us that it will be a good reunion full of joy because there is no pain in heaven!
I hope these verses encourage you through death or grief. They are some of the toughest human experiences we can ever have. No one will ever have the right words to say to you in grief except God. Never forget that even through this, God understands your pain and He will never leave you to deal with it alone.
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