Bible verses that
give comfort to those who
are grieving over the loss of a loved one
The Bible has some uplifting words of encouragement for those whose loved ones have passed away. It is interesting to note that when studying the topic of death in the Bible, God's view of it is much different than ours is. The verses below tell us that God views the death of his adopted children in Christ as a joyous occasion and he wants us to view it the same way if we have reason to believe that our loved was had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior in this life. If we don't know for certain if they did, we can still take comfort in knowing that God's judgment is always 100% right, and that he will make the right decision.
The fact that God wants us to view the death of one of his saints as a joyful occasion doesn't mean we shouldn't feel loss and avoid grieving. We still need to work our way through the grieving process in a mentally and spiritually healthy way. However, we can at the same time experience real happiness for our deceased loved one(s) if we have reason to believe that they accepted Jesus as their savior. We can also be certain that we will see them again in Heaven if we too have accepted Jesus. If we have doubts about whether or not we're going to Heaven, then we need to get about the business of accepting his free gift of salvation, and then improving our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we can have greater assurance.
Here are some of the key Bible verses that deal with the topic of death and grieving:
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Focus on the Family: Coping with Death and Grief
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