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.

Religious Sympathy Sayings : Comfort for Christians

When someone dies, something spiritual has happened and there is nothing more comforting than knowing that the person’s spirit lives on and is safe with God.

The following Christian sympathy messages are supposed to let the grieving know that their loved one is with God. At the same time tell the surviving person that God will also take care of him or her.

Use these examples of religious sympathy messages for your condolences.

These are messages to write in a sympathy card with a religious theme. These read more like sayings than personal messages.

Christian Sympathy Sayings Examples

  1. I’ll be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s love and grace be with you always.
  2. God is bigger than any enemy we can face here in this life.  Though our enemies are strong and mean us harm, God is stronger and can make good come from any event.
  3. God will never leave your nor forsake you. You are his child. He is your father. He will always look after you.
  4. Those who are asleep will awaken on the day the Lord comes for us all.  We will be called up by our Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now, and only He can restore your spirit.
  6. The 23rd Psalm may offer some comfort in this time of difficulty.  King David knew about soothing the soul through music, and the songs in the Psalms are his work.
  7. God holds the power of life over death, and He is the true salvation. This is our only hope and comfort in this temporary life.
  8. The hope of salvation is most important in our lives when death touches us.
  9. We’re praying that the light of God’s face shines on you in the darkness of your grief.
  10. Jesus proved his power to overcome death.  He will provide our loved ones that power when they die, and he will provide us that power when we die.
  11. Heaven has received a new member.
  12. The thought of knowing that our loved ones are in the presence of the savior can be of some comfort, especially when we have the confidence that our savior resides in us.
  13. ‘Whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’  This is proven the day our bodies die.
  14. Death is only the beginning of a more perfect and beautiful everlasting life.
  15. Sometimes God gives us trials to test and strengthen our faith. He helps us to depend on him and stay close.
  16. Those who are with God remain alive in his presence after death.  Those who are apart from God in this life will remain apart from him after death.
  17. We will all be resurrected on the day of Christ’s return, just as he was on Easter day.
  18. If we ask God why terrible things happen in this life, He would probably answer that suffering allows us the opportunity to show love and kindness to our neighbors.

Religious Sympathy Messages

Religious sympathy messages give you an opportunity to add an element of spiritual comfort to a card message.  Use the following religious sympathy messages to encourage and comfort someone who is grieving or facing a loss when you think a spiritual message will help most.  Remember not to preach in your sympathy message, but don’t get too worried about offending anyone.  Sometimes Bible verse sympathy messages will work just fine by themselves.

  1. I am sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that I will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort for you and your family.
  2. God is with you and can take care of you.  I also want to extend my support too.  I’ll pray for you and will be checking in on you very soon to see how you are doing.
  3. When something like this happens, it’s easy to get discouraged.  I am praying for encouragement to overcome this difficulty.
  4. The only one who has power over death is Jesus, and He gives everlasting life to those who ask him for it.
  5. I am praying that some good comes from your loss.  I can’t imagine the pain, but I can have faith and hope for you and your family during this time.
  6. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you.
  7. In the toughest times our faith is tested most.  I pray that you will come out of this with an even stronger faith and hope in the power of God.
  8. It’s difficult to see the purpose of death in this world.  The only way to accept it is by faith.  I am praying that you receive the faith you need.
  9. God sees and knows everything and is with you right now.  He will take care of all his children.
  10. I know that your faith is strong, and I want to encourage you to hold on to it.  Faith is the evidence of things unseen.  Even though we can’t see a reason for what has happened, we can have faith that there is a reason in His plan.