With so much going on in the world, it seems everyday we wake up there’s something new we have to grasp about realities we don’t want to face. Or we just want a break from what’s going on around us. We are not in control and have no say in what’s happening which can be HARD. We may not like what’s going on, but I know God is still doing a great work in us. He still loves us, wants the best for us and will never leave us in all this mess. He’s refining us and using this chaos for His greatness. Even though we know all of this, being real with the heaviness of our struggles is a necessary process to go through. We can’t pretend our struggles aren’t our struggles for them to magically go away. Stepping into the pain of our struggles with Jesus is our best chance at healing and peace.
Grief is on the rise especially now with all who are sick and with holidays coming up. I want to acknowledge your grief–I am so sorry for what you are going through. I pray for God’s healing and hope to fill you and for your willingness to let Him walk you through your pain. Losing a loved one is never easy nor is dealing with grief. Holding on to God’s promises of what He’s able to do will allow more room for God’s HOPE to be working in our lives.
Here are 10 Bible Verses About Grief: That will Provide More Hope and Healing
- “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33- I love how this verse says we won’t have difficulties here on this earth but it is possible for us to have peace in Jesus despite what we’re going through. No matter what happens in this life Jesus has overcome.
- “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.” Revelations 21:4- This verse gave me so much comfort after our son passed away. Grief can be so hard and painful. One day there will be no more pain, crying, or mourning in heaven. This life is so short compared to the eternal life we will have in heaven. God is taking care of our loved ones and that is so comforting.
- “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22- There will be times the pain of missing our loved ones is so great. This verse is a great reminder there will be times to grieve and times to rejoice. When we have Jesus to walk through this journey with us, nothing can take away our joy.
4. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4- I love how this verse depicts the highs and lows of the seasons of our lives. There will be times we’re weeping then laughing, then mourning then celebrating. The emotions and feelings we go through don’t limit us from being able to still experience the joys in life, but are necessary to go through the process of our new normal. Learning how to embrace the roller coaster ride grief, instead of being in a constant state of wrestling is a good place to be.
5. “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18- This verse has helped me so much. When I’ve felt at my lowest point of brokenness I’ve repeated this verse to myself so many times. I’ve never felt closer to God during my times of brokenness and heard Him so clearly. He is with you in your times of hurting and will never leave you.
6. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28- I love this Bible verse so much, our family had this verse engraved in our son’s headstone. This verse reminds us there is no pain without a purpose. God doesn’t waste anything. He is always working for our good, no matter what.
7. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us”. Romans 8:18- Nothing that happens in this life can compare to the life that God has prepared for us. He cares about every hurt, every pain, any suffering we go through. There is nothing we go through, Jesus hasn’t been through already. He would never allow us to go through what we go through without having a plan for our pain to turn it into something better.
8. “In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the LORD. “If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,” says your God” Isaiah 66:9 NCV. In the same way childbirth is painful, the birth of a new baby is worth it. No one gives their baby back and says no thank you that was too painful. The birth of something new, the joy you receive in the new birth, far outweighs the pain we go through to birth it.
9. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”. Matthew 5:4- It is so comforting to know God is with us when we mourn. He is close to us and is there for us in our sorrows.
10. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is see, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18- The struggles we go through when we are dealing with grief are hard, heavy, and painful. God doesn’t want us to have pain, but knows the path towards eternal healing. Any pain we go through He knows how to heal us!
Grief can be all consuming and overwhelming. There is no pain God can’t heal. Learning to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, focusing on what He’s able to do even when we can’t see it, allows for His eternal hope and healing. God is able. He is in the business of all things eternal.
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