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30 Bible Verses About Grief: Free Printable

Looking for Bible Verses about grief to help comfort you in your suffering? Does it feel you keep trying, but you remain stuck? Are you working through the grieving process? Have you considered giving God your grief? Below is a huge list of Bible Verses about grief to help you in this hard season. 

Life can be hard. Sometimes we get hit out of nowhere with sickness, death of a loved one, abandonment, affairs, financial problems, job loss, or worse.

This may leave us feeling so very alone, scared, bitter, angry, exhausted, and desperate.

I’ve been heartbroken and completely exhausted. Suffocated by my grief.

But, I have good news!! The Bible tells us that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted! 

Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit

Also, we are told that God holds us with His righteous right hand. God is so very near the broken-hearted and surrounds us with His steadfast love. It just makes sense to give God your grief as you walk through your grieving process. 

What Is A Good Scripture For Comfort

Bible Quotes That Will Bring Comfort In Times of Grief

  • Psalm 9:9 – The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

The book of Psalm is such an influential book for us to turn to in looking at how to pray when going through hard times.

  • Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

When we don’t know how we can move forward in our pain, this verse assures us that God is be our refuge and stronghold to see us through. Even if it’s just one moment at a time.

  • Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

What a glorious reminder that suffering and grieving are not looked down upon. God has not hidden himself from us. No, he is here and he will never leave us.

  • Psalm 27:4-5 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Again, Psalm comes through for us and stands firm as a confirmation that in times of trouble God is our safe place from the storm.

  • Psalm 30:5 Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

We can’t get away from hard times, but we are consistently reminded in the Bible that it will pass, we will endure, get stronger and joy comes in the morning!

  • Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

This is one of my favorite bible verse about grieving. It is such a comfort to my heart that God stays close to those of us who are grieving. He never abandons us in the fire, but stands with us.

  • Psalm 37:39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

When we grieve, this is an excellent reminder that God is our stronghold. We lean on him during our hard times of grieving.

Causes Of Grief

Grief is usually associated with the loss of a loved one, but any significant loss can cause us to grieve. For example,

  • loss of a job or career
  • loss of a friendship
  • divorce can cause you to grieve
  • loss of your beloved pet
  • change in schools
  • trouble with in-laws
  • enormous debt
  • loss of trust
  • loss of security
  • loss or major change of anything you hold dear to your heart can lead you to show signs of grieving.

Symptoms Of Grief

While each person is different and signs and symptoms may vary, here is a list from psychguides.com of the general symptoms of grief.

  • Increased irritability
  • Numbness
  • Bitterness
  • Detachment
  • Preoccupation with loss
  • Inability to show or experience joy
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Sore muscles

What Does the Bible Say About Grieving

There are so many stories in the Bible of people grieving. Noami lost her husband and her sons. Job lost everything and had physical ailments. Here is a shortlist of bible verses about grief to help with the grieving process. Grab my printable list of 30 bible verses about grief below.

Bible Verses About Grief

*Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21 NRSV

Again we are reminded that joy will come. Maybe not right now, but thisgs do get better.

*Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ESV

What a promise! We will be comforted in our suffering.

*Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV

God is our strength, our refuge and joy.

*I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Psalm 116:1 NASB

We can also fully know that God hasn’t abandoned us in our grief, but he hears us and comforts us.

*This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me. Psalm 119:50 NASB

Grief doesn’t have to overtake us. We give ourselves permission to grieve, and then we cling to God for healing and comfort. Then we give ourselves permission to move forward.

*The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 NIV

My testimony is that God saw me through! He is my rock and refuge. He is my shield. I could not have gotten through the deep pain without God.

*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

This verse tells us that God’s rod and staff, His direction and guidance, will comfort us. Have you tried persevering with God?

Grieving is Real and Right

As we see from the list of scripture about grief above, don’t add to your burden by thinking grief is foreign to the heart of God’s children. You may know this already, but it might be good to hear it. First Thessalonians 4:13 says, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep” — that is, the person who died — “that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.”

He doesn’t say that you may not grieve, but that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. Christian grieving is real and it is right. Let that not be an added burden that they are walking through a season of real, painful grief. – Desiring God

Working Through Grief

The painful situations you find yourself in haven’t scared God away. It may feel like he isn’t near, but he is so very near. As the Bible verses about grief that we read above remind us.

Giving God your grief means working on healing and forgiveness. We cling to scripture about grief. It is definitely a process. There is no magic pill to immediately take away all your suffering. Although I’d be down for that if I’m completely honest. 

But the suffering we go through will bring us closer to God if we allow it. 

You take one day at a time. One moment at a time. One situation at a time. Minor changes in every moment.

Steps to Grieving with God

Giving God Your Grief Means…

You are choosing, even in the deep pain, to read God’s word and pray.

You are choosing, even when it hurts, to worship God with thanksgiving.

You are choosing to cry it out and pray the hard, ugly prayers.

You are choosing, even when you’d rather not, to go to church and be surrounded and loved by your church family.

You are choosing to fight for yourself and your relationship with God.

You are choosing to believe that God will use all this pain and suffering for good; even though you don’t want to hear it right now.

You are choosing to honor God.

You are choosing to believe in His promises.

You are choosing to speak out loud scriptures to encourage your heart, mind, and soul.

You are choosing to set healthy boundaries.

You are choosing to rest when needed.

You are choosing to say no to things that will overwhelm your plate.

You are choosing to look at every day as a blessing.

You are choosing to find 3 good things about every day.

You are choosing to work through dealing with the situation at hand instead of stuffing the pain.

You are choosing to go through the grieving, forgiving and healing process.

You are choosing to self reflect to see what areas you need to work on.

Every day, you are choosing you and God. 

You can do this, sister. One small step at a time.

Because God chooses you and He is your reward!!

What To Say When Someone Is Grieving

Grieving is hard. Often, we don’t know what to say or do. Here are some tips to help you show comfort to your grieving friend.

*Let them talk if they want to talk.

*Offer to just sit with them if they do not want to talk. Hang out watching a movie.

*Offer food. Take them to lunch or dinner. Some fun distractions with good food may help the evening.

*Give your grieving friend a chance to laugh. Watch a funny movie or comedy show with them.

*Pray for them.

*Don’t always ask if they are okay. It’s fine every now and again, but usually, they’ll want to talk about something else.

*Let them lead the conversation about what they are grieving over. Don’t push a hard conversation.

*Be their friend. Show grace.

A Prayer for Comfort for the Grieving

Heavenly Father, I lift your precious daughter to you in prayer. I ask that you would surround her in your peace and comfort as she walks through this. I pray you wrap her in your loving arms and let her know and feel you are so very close to her. Be her strength. Be her guide.

Help her choose you in every moment as she grieves and heals from this. By your power, Christ conquered death and the enemy! I pray you will give my friend the blessing of your peace and your joy amid her grief. Jesus died and rose again and is sitting at your right hand, interceding for your people. Interceding for my friend.

Your word says that Jesus sings over us and loves us more than we can ever imagine. It also says you are near the broken-hearted. I ask that you would not only remind her of all this, but bring comfort to her weary heart. I thank you for her and her life. Help her see the good in every day. Help her see you.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

When you finish praying for your friend, give them this list of scripture about grief and maybe even a journal to get them started. The Bible says that as we read God’s word that we renew our minds. Reading over these bible verses about grief will definitely be a step in the right direction as we navigate these heavy waters.

Journaling Grief

One way to “giving God your grief” is to work through your grief by journaling. Use the scripture about grief in your journal and daily quiet time with God. Journaling and Scripture Writing are some of my favorite ways to process and work through whatever I’m dealing with. I have a journal I’m working on just for this process. Although you can certainly use it for other things or just a prayer journal.

Writing things down can often make you more aware of what you are feeling. For some people they don’t know what they are feeling until they write it down. Putting thoughts and emotions into words forces you to slow down and gives you an opportunity to cogitate, and perhaps better understand, the emotions within you. It’s a method of self-reflection and can reveal things you haven’t consciously thought about.

There is plenty of research to suggest that grief journaling after a significant loss has therapeutic value. According to grief experts, the task of reconstructing your personal self-narrative is critical in the healing process. A grief journal will provide you with a venue for expression without fear of being judged, as well as a record of your experience that will reveal recurring patterns and dramatic growth. – Mindfulness and Grief

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Have you had to process through the grieving and hard times? Do you have a favorite scripture for grief? Grief comes from any significant loss; losing a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a marriage, loss of your health, dealing with abuse, and so on. I pray the scripture about grief helps you in your grieving process.

We are in this together,

Starla

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