20 Encouraging Bible Verses to Comfort a Sad Friend

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Brighten up someone’s day with encouraging Bible verses. There is negative news everywhere we look. People are losing their jobs, homes, suffering with illness or loss. During these times a few encouraging words can bring so much hope. It is strange how something so small can help us hold on through really difficult times.

A Quick Tip:
One of the easiest translations to get Bible verses for card-making is the New International Version (NIV). This version is widely read and easy to understand.

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Scriptures from the Psalms

Psalm 23 is one of the most popular texts used for funeral readings. Just using one verse like this is perfect for a card. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”
Psalm 23:2-3

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”
Psalm 46:1-3,7
“Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved.”
Psalm 55:22
“He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved.”
Psalm 62:6
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
Psalm 67:1-2
The LORD will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8

Encouraging Bible Verses From the Gospels

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33
This following is from the Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called sons of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:2-12
You could use just use:
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Encouraging Bible Verses To Bless Others

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3″And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26
“Casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
1 Peter 5:7
“The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge and trust in Him.”
Nahum 1:7
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12

Encouraging Bible Verses & Promises of Future Comfort

One of my favorite scriptures. “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.”
Revelation 21:4

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

How to Comfort Others with Encouraging Bible Verses

Bible verses can easily be used to make someone feel criticized or attacked. For a Bible verse to be a comfort it must be words that the person would say to themselves for reassurance. A basic rule of thumb is to make sure the verse that you select matches the feelings of the person. If they are sad let that be okay without trying to cheer them up or telling them they should be content or happy. If they are happy, rejoice with them.

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Romans 12:15

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