7 Ways to Find Comfort in Grief

How true the saying, “All sunshine makes a desert.” God knows that if you never experience the storms of life—if the rain clouds never release their water—you will never see flower gardens grow. You need to blossom in the areas of sympathy, empathy, and compassion, understanding, perspective, and wisdom. Our God is the God of the second chance. Whatever is in the past can be used for God’s glory. The storms of sorrow should never be wasted. By God’s design, grief will better your heart and life. Grief will make you grow.

“Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3)

7 Ways to Find Comfort for Grief

  1. Come to the God of all comfort.
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)
  2. Open your heart to the reality of pain.
    “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
  3. Maintain a clear conscience by confessing past sins and offenses.
    “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
  4. Find the positive in your grief process.
    “See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7:11)
  5. Obtain comfort from those whom God will send to you.
    “God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” (2 Corinthians 7:6)
  6. Reinforce your faith by giving comfort to others.
    “[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)
  7. Trust in the strength of Christ in you for the power to rebuild your life.
    “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

 


PRAYER

“Just as the farther you are from a flower,
the smaller it seems to your eyes;
so, the farther your distance from grief,
the smaller your sadness in sorrow.
Time indeed is a healer—
a gift of comfort from the God
of all comfort.
—June Hunt


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June Hunt

June Hunt

June Hunt, M.A. Criswell College, is a biblical counselor whose award-winning radio program "Hope For The Heart" is heard on 900 radio outlets around the world. For more than 25 years, she has counseled people, offering them hope for today's problems. June has helped many people with emotional, relational, and spiritual problems experience God's love through biblical hope and practical help. Click here to find out more about Hope for the Heart.

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