Wednesday

10 Bible Verses of Encouragement When We Need Comfort



We all need encouragement and the best place to go is to the Bible.

In this blog Post I have tried to gather some Bible passages or Bible verses which will encourage us all when we are in need of comfort







I do believe that we should not just grab a verse and read it on its own but we should always lift our bibles and read a passage of scripture to make sure that we know the real meaning and context of each of the verses we are putting our trust in. 

I pray that you will do the same and only use this list to guide you as to where you may find help.



So here are 10 Bible verses or short passages for us to turn to in times when we are in need of  Comfort




1.   John 14 v 16-17     

The first thing to encourage us in times when we feel broken hearted or that our spirit is broken or those times when we need to be comforted because of feeling that we have lost someone or something, is that Jesus knew from the start that His disciples would need comforting and all of us to come after them would also need comfort in this world.

Jesus told His disciples in advance that He would not leave them comfortless and He means the same for all of us as well.


We find this in John ch. 14 v 16-17




Jesus says He will pray to God the Father to give us another helper or comforter who will be the Hold Spirit, the third person in the trinity.

Jesus knows how we all need to be comforted over aspects of life and so He asks God to give us a permanent helper.




2.   2 Corinthians 1 v 3-4
    
Here are two verses that prove how much God is a comforter to us.

Not just once but five times we have the reminder in this passage of the comfort He gives us.








Not only has He provided comfort for us but He is active in comforting us.





3.   Psalm 23 

This psalm is a Psalm of great comfort to us because if we read it carefully and thoughtfully we will see that the Psalmist is acknowledging how God is with us in everything and takes care of all our needs.

No matter what situation we are in we can take comfort from this Psalm




When we feel we may be in need:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.


When we feel we may be near death:

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


When we feel we may be forgotten as people are against us:

 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.


When we feel we may face only hardships in life :

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;


When we feel we have no future :

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

He comforts us with the greatest future in Him.


You may want to look further into Psalm 23




4.   Psalm 119 v 50    


He gives us comfort to experience through His Word when we face hardships and afflictions of any kind.







We have the Holy Spirit as our helper and comforter and now we see we also have His Word to comfort us.

His Word is Truth.





5.   Psalm 147 v 3


Look at the comfort we can see in this verse.

Not only will God heal our broken hearts but He cares enough to bind up the wounds that we are agonising from.

This always reminds me of the care and comfort given by the Samaritan who stopped and saw to the wounds of the man attacked and left by robbers at the side of the road.  

Our God is greater than a good Samaritan - He tends our wounds giving us comfort as He heals us.








6.   Luke 4 v 18-19


Jesus himself read from the old testament to remind us all of the promise already given 


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 


and He was the anointed one - He brings us comfort when we are brokenhearted.





7.   Isaiah 49 v 13


Looking to past instances of how God has acted always encourages us that He will act in a similar way again.


31 
Sing, O heavens!

Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.


Here we have the proof that He has comforted His people so knowing our God never changes we know He will comfort us again.





8.   Psalm 34 v 18


I love the phrase here in this verse - near to








The Lord understands our hearts and knows how we feel so He will bring comfort and salvation.






9.   Matthew 5 v 4


In the Beatitudes the second blessing is on those who mourn - Jesus cares and He promises comfort.



















10.   John 16 v 22



Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.



This comfort was given by Jesus to His disciples even though they did not fully understand at the time that He was going to die and what the future would hold.

We can take comfort in these words of Jesus too and more so because we have all the New Testament to back it up.

We may have sorrow and need comforted but our comfort is in the knowledge that we will one day rejoice with Him.


















2 comments:

  1. I love all these beautiful verses about comfort!

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Sandra. The Scriptures are comforting and encouraging, and the images are beautiful! Many blessings to you!

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