Wednesday, June 3, 2015

27 Comforting Bible Verses

As follow up to my earlier post, “When a Friend Needs Comfort,” below is a list of 27 comforting Scripture verses.  Needless to say, there are far more than the 27 I’ve listed below, but these are some of my current favorites. They’re the words from God that I visit most often when my heart hurts.  They can offer comfort and consolation to a friend, and I pray that God’s Word will move in your heart as you review them.

1. Genesis 16:13 (NIV):  She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me.”

2. Joshua 1:9 (NASB):  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

3. Psalm 30:5 (NASB):  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

4. Psalm 37:3-6 (NASB): Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.   Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. 

5. Psalm 46:1b (NIV):  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

6. Psalm 91:4 (HCSB):  He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. 

7. Isaiah 41:10 (NASB):  '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.’

8. Isaiah 43:1-3a (NIV):  But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

9. Isaiah 43:25 (NIV):  I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

10. Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV):  It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

11. Lamentations 3:31-32 (NIV):  For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. 

12. Hosea 11:4 (NIV):  I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.

13. Matthew 11:29 (NASB):  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

14. John 14:1 (HCSB):  Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 

15. John 14:27 (HCSB):  Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

16. John 16:33 (ESV):  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

17. Romans 15:13 (HCSB):  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

18. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (HCSB):  For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

19. 2 Corinthians 5:5 (ESV):  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

20. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (HCSB):  And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.

21. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB):  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

22. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV):  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

23. Philippians 4:13 (NIV):  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

24. Ephesians 3:16 (HCSB):  I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit 

25. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV):  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

26. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV):  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

27. Revelation 21:5 (HCSB):  Then the One seated on the throne said, "Look! I am making everything new." He also said, "Write, because these words are faithful and true."

These verses may spur you and others into deeper faith for we know that God’s Word does not return empty without accomplishing what He desires (Isaiah 45:11).  However, we must keep in mind that God created us for community - to rely on one another for comfort and blessing. 

We have the responsibility to take an active role in comforting those around us. There are people near us who are in desperate pain and we must not only preach the Word of comfort and pray the Word of comfort, we must also serve to personally offer comfort.  

I, for one, fail to do this well, but keep striving to reach out to those in need. It's only by the grace of God that I can serve Him as He directs.

Your Turn:

What scripture verses have you found most comforting?

In what ways have friends of loved ones offered personal comfort to you?

Continue the conversation by leaving a comment below or meeting me on Facebook or Twitter.

Be Strengthened Today, By His Word
Psalm 119:28


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