Yesterday we spoke about Christians and their grief. Now I want to shift the perspective and share some pointers on comforting those who grieve. Sometimes when a friend or loved one suffers loss, we are hard-pressed to find the right words to bring comfort and hope.

One passage that has really helped me comfort people is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. This should only be used for people who have lost saved family members. Here, the Apostle Paul wants to assure us that Christians don’t have to experience the sorrow that unsaved people experience, because we have hope that we will one day see our loved ones in Heaven.

When we comfort people, we don’t want to sound preachy or sound like we don’t understand their grief. We’re also told in Romans 12:5 to “weep with them that weep”. Remember there is nothing wrong with expressing our sorrow and grief—even Jesus wept.

Comforting others is an important part of our Christian life, and we will appreciate the comfort of brothers and sisters in the Lord when we suffer loss.

Remember to ask the Lord to give you wisdom with your words and commit yourself to be a faithful friend and shoulder to lean on during tough times.

Those who grieve will appreciate your genuine concern.

Every sorrowing heart needs a shoulder to lean on; every hurting soul an ear to listen. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder