Christian Condolences : Bible Verses and Sympathy Messages

Bible Verses as Condolences

Whether you find yourself wondering how to console someone for grief resulting from death, pain, or any other loss, using Bible verses can be the best way to encourage a grieving person.

The beautiful, powerful, and hopeful text of the Bible can be a meaningful condolence for anyone, especially those who believe in God’s power. Grief is a time that leads to questioning the meaning of existence, and the Bible is one way to understand meaning, in life and in loss. Some Bible verses work well as offerings of condolences to someone who is suffering and questioning.

Below you will find a few of these Bible verses with a little background to make them easy to understand.

Bible Verse Condolences

Condolence Message from Jesus

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” –Matthew 5:4

This Bible quote comes from straight from Jesus teaching the disciples. This is a sliver of what is called the Beatitudes. It can become a condolence message when someone has died.

Condolence Bible Verse for Trials

“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

This message from James is appropriate for people who may be having a difficult time in their lives. Condolences are tough when you can’t see any hope for the person’s situation, but this Bible verse sends a message of hope and encourages perseverance.

Condolences of Future Comfort

“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

This Bible verse comes from the book of Revelation, which is set in the future. This is an especially meaningful and powerful condolence message for Christians who believe that one day God will fulfill this “Revelation.”

Condolences from the Bible’s Songwriter, David

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” –Psalm 23:2-3

Just reading this beautiful imagery gives a sense of calm and peace. Refreshing a struggling person’s soul with this condolence could be helpful. These words come from the Psalmist, David, who is known as a man after God’s own heart. Yes, it’s the same David who killed Goliath the giant. Although events in his life didn’t always work out so great, his Psalms are filled with emotion, like any good songwriting. This imagery likely comes from David’s experience as a shepherd.

Condolences for Christians Bible Verse

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” –1 Thessalonians 4

This example of condolences from the Bible is a direct message to Christians who are grieving the loss of a fellow Christian. The only problem is that even when Christians have faith and hope, they still feel the painful sting of the loss of someone close in this life. This is a good verse to use in conjunction with a nice encouraging sympathy message.

Tips for Using Bible Verse Condolences

  1. When using a Bible verse as your condolence, you don’t necessarily have to write anything else. It can be nice to add some context or personal interpretation for the verse, since the person you are condoling may not be thinking as clearly as he or she normally does.
  2. Don’t just write “Psalm 23” in the card, write out the entire Bible verse. This is important because you enable the person to immediately read the Bible verse without having to look it up. Make your condolences at least one easy thing for him or her to do.
  3. Don’t preach: feel free to add your own interpretation of the verse for the situation, but be careful not to preach at the person. There is a fine line between explanation and being pushy when you use Bible verses. Remember you are trying to comfort, not condemn.

Condolence Phrases

Here are Condolence phrases, words of condolence and sympathy sentiments all on one page. Hope these condolence words help those you love with consoling words. We hope they will share with the recipient how you feel and let them know you are thinking of them.

Condolence Phrases

  • You have our deepest sympathy.
  • Just know that my arms are wrapped around you during this time of loss.
  • Please accept my/our condolences.
  • May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.
  • I know you will get through this. You are a survivor. I hope you know you are not alone. My condolences.
  • I am sorry for your loss my friend. You have always been by my side for so many of life’s side journeys.
  • Their greatest joy was making others happy.
  • Our thoughts are with you.
  • Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
  • I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss.
  • I am always here for you.
  • May your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time.
  • During this excruciating time, we want you to know we are here for you.
  • With deepest sympathies.
  • May your memories be your comfort.
  • Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
  • You have my sincere sympathy.
  • In your time of need, we hope you know we will always be there for you.
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  • Our deepest sympathies are with your in your time of need.
  • I would love to take you to dinner and talk about all the good times we had with ____________(deceased). I am sorry for your loss.
  • May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you.
  • This planet will not be the same without (name).
  • If my hug was strong enough to take away your pain, I would start now and never stop.
  • We are very saddened to hear of your loss.
  • There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss.
  • He/She will always live on in our hearts.
  • Thinking of you in your time of loss.
  • Always in our hearts.
  • I am holding you tight during this time of loss and I will always be here for you.
  • She/he was a lot of things to many people and will be missed tremendously.
  • Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss.
  • Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss.