Grief is a sad, painful, and inevitable part of life.
You can’t go through life without experiencing grief at some point.
We often think of grief as associated with death, and that is true, the death of a loved one brings with it great pain and loss.
But there are other life experiences apart from death that also bring grief. We can also experience grief over a lost job, a lost relationship, a divorce, the loss of health, having to give up a home because of financial hardship, even grief over lost opportunities or what we may have once had.
Whatever is causing you to grieve, be assured, you are not alone.
God is with you, and He wants to comfort you and give you strength.
God gives us many promises in Scripture that we can claim and hold on to through our difficult and challenging times.
Here are 23 Scripture verses about grief for you to reflect on.
Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.
Yahweh will also be a high tower for the oppressed; a high tower in times of trouble.
Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”
He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory, while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Corinthians 15:52-57
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 will be changed. For this perishable body must become imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable body will have become imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. You know where I go, and you know the way.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let’s hold tightly to our confession. For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
We all experience our grief differently, and we all express our grief differently, but during your time of grief I hope that you can find comfort and strength in God’s Word, knowing that He is with you, He has a plan for you, He will never leave you and He wants to give you hope for your future.