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Scripture About Grief: 30 Bible Verses for Grief

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Looking for scripture about grief? Have you thought about giving God your grief? Are you heartbroken? Does it feel like you keep trying but you remain stuck? Are you working through grieving? Here is a huge list of scripture to help with grieving. 

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.

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 Does the Bible Say About Grieving

Here is a shortlist of scripture about grief or to help with the grieving process.

Verses for the grieving

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

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

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

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

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

*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

*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

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

Work 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.

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. Small changes in every moment.

Using scripture about grief and 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 the process of 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.

Everyday 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!!

How Do I Pray For A Grieving Friend

A Prayer for Comfort for the Grieving

Heavenly Father, I lift up 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 to choose you in every moment as she grieves and heals from this. By your power Christ conquered death and the enemy! I pray that you will give my friend the blessing of your peace and your joy in the midst of her grief. Jesus died and rose again, and is seated 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 to see the good in every day. Help her to 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.

Journal Through 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 in general.

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 deeply reflect on, 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 great loss; the loss of 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,


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