Here are 7 of my favorite Bible verses that might bring a tear to your eye.
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
This one is one of my favorite verses to use a funeral services or at memorial services but mainly for those who have professed faith in Christ because the death of His saints is not the end of their life; it is only the beginning of eternity (John 3:16). For the unsaved, it is only the beginning of something that they would beg to have end but never will. When a saint dies, it is precious in His sight but when a lost person dies, God still takes no pleasure in their death (Ezk 18:23, 32) and He desires that all would come to repentance and be saved (1st Tim 2:4; 2nd Pet 3:9).
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Here is the death of death as we know it. Jesus conquered the grave and why we should say “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 15:57). Not only is it the death of death, it is the end of all sorrow, pain, mourning, crying, and pain because in time, they will all pass away, never to be seen or experienced ever again. God is not the God of the dead but of the living and even Jesus spoke about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as if they were still living, because they were (Luke 20:38)!
Isaiah 30:19 “He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.”
God is good all the time and when you cry, He hears it and that prompts Him to answer you in ways that can be encouraging. Sometimes God uses others to help us in our times of grief and at other times we are used by God to help others deal with traumatic loses. He can use others to answer our needs just as He can use us to come to the aid of those who are enduring pain and suffering. Truly “God is our refuge and strength [and] a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Psalm 56:8 “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
No tear is ever wasted because apparently God keeps track of them, as if He puts them in a bottle to record each and every occasion for them. This shows the tender heart of God because He notices every one of our pains, sorrows, and afflictions. Crying is a response to loss and we should never try to make others resist this natural, medicinal effect of the human body. Tears help to relieve stress and emotions in a safe and natural way because God created us in this way. Emotional tears are made up of different chemical components than those evoked by eye irritants and tears of emotion which consist of more protein-based hormones that can help in the recovery of emotional traumas.
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”
What is the healing that Isaiah is talking about? Is it physical or emotional healing? No, because the context shows that He was wounded for our transgression and crushed for our iniquities, not for our cancers or serious injuries or diseases. Yes, God can heal these if it is His will but we are talking about being healed from our sins. If God did choose to heal us we would die again anyway in time and if we are healed of our diseases but have never repented and trusted in Christ, what good is that (Rev 20:12-15)?
John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”
This is the shortest verse in the Bible but one of the most powerful ones because it shows the humanity of Jesus. Jesus wept after he “saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him” (John 11:33-34) and “the Jews said, “See how he loved him” (John 11:36).
Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
It’s easy to rejoice with others when they’re rejoicing but how about weeping with those who weep? Have you heard the phrase “a joy shared is doubled but a sorrow shared is halved?” It seems to be true because we need others to come along side of us when we are experiencing pain in our life. These are the times that we need one another and others may need us and to weep with those who weep can help others endure their grief and process the sorrow that is more difficult to go through alone.
When you are going through so very difficult times I suggest the Book of Psalms because the psalmist experiences many of the same sorrows in life that we go through and it’s like saying “Hey, he understands what I am going through.” Don’t ever go through grief alone. Let others come along side of you and grieve with you, even if they don’t say a word.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.