The concept of grief and loss cannot be handled alone. For this reason, we have Bible verses about death and grief.
As children of God, God is interested in our affairs, and he wants us to come to him when we are down and out due to death and grief.
There are some bible verses about death and grief, which are quite peculiar. These bible verses should be kept in mind by children of God at all times. These bible verses about death and grief bring comfort to the hearts of God’s children, and they remind us of whom we are in him.
Here are 15 comforting bible verses about death and grief.
- Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
This verse in Mathew was uttered by Jesus Christ himself. It is quite straightforward in its wordings. There would be a comfort for those who mourn.
- Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
During times of grief and death, the hearts of men fail, and they are discouraged. The book of psalms has a prescription for this, and that is to acknowledge God as your strength forever.
- 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; and it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
The word of God is sure. A promise he has made is that, at the point of resurrection, the natural body would be traded for an incorruptible one. This is a hope that Christians should keep and take comfort in.
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
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 seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The first few words of verse 17, tells us that our grief is temporary. Thus we should hold on to the hope of eternal life.
- Romans 14:8
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
This is a truth that Christians must remember. The life we live as Christians is no longer ours, rather it belongs to God, thus whether we live or die, we still belong to God.
- Revelation 21:4
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The book of revelation is quite prophetic. It tells of a time where death would be locked up. The truth of this fact would remove all forms of grief and death.
7. Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Needless to say, when a person goes through grief and death, there is a brokenness of heart. Psalm 147:3 states that God will heal the broken hearts.
- Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Many times, death seems irrational and accompanied by grief, the senses of a person would be clouded. For the child of God, all things no matter how unpredictable and sad, work together for their good.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Paul in his letter to the church in Thessalonica reminds the church of the state of death of the believer. Unlike the rest of the world, death to a believer is not a source of grief rather, due to the death and resurrection of Jesus; we have a hope of the resurrection of the saints in Christ.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
There would be a reunion for those that are alive in Christ, and those that are dead in Christ. Paul further tells us to hold this truth as encouragement.
- Isaiah 57:1-2
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
When good people die, it seems like God is being wicked. It seems like the ones who commit evil still have the upper hand. Isaiah clears the air on this. When children of God die, what awaits them is peace and rest.
- Lamentations 3:31-32
For the Lord will not reject forever, For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant loving kindness.
When Jeremiah wrote Lamentations, he did so lamenting about a whole lot of things, chief among which was the state that Israel was in. The Israelites were in captivity due to their sins, but still, God promised them love and kindness. This goes to show that many times, even when it seems like we deserve the death and grief we are passing through, God’s loving-kindness never disappeared.
13. John 16:22
“Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
Grief is temporary. When Jesus was going to die, he knew. He knew that his death would cause grief for the disciples and his followers. In other to reassure his disciples, he lets them know that there would be a greater joy when they see him again.
- 1 Corinthians 15:55
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
This is an encouragement to the believers, deaths sting is taken away at the resurrection of the saints. The truth will become apparent, and this truth is that death’s power is not permanent and its victory will not last
- Revelation 14:13
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Death brings rest from all labors. When a man dies, an end comes to all his struggles. Thus when the believer dies, believers should mourn, but they should also keep in mind that even in that death, for the believer, there is rest.