Today’s Scripture: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16

Recently we talked about Christians and their grief. Now I want to shift the perspective and share some pointers on comforting those who grieve. Sometimes when a friend or loved one suffers loss, we are hard-pressed to find the right words to bring comfort and hope.

One passage that has really helped me comfort people who have lost someone who is saved is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The Apostle Paul wants to assure us that Christians don’t have to experience the sorrow that unsaved people experience because we have hope that we will one day see our loved ones in Heaven.

When we comfort people, we don’t want to sound preachy or as if we don’t understand their grief. We’re also told in Romans 12:5 to “weep with them that weep”. Comforting others is an important part of our Christian life, and we will appreciate the comfort of brothers and sisters in the Lord when we suffer loss.

Remember to ask the Lord for wisdom with your words and commit to being a faithful friend and shoulder to lean on during tough times. Those who grieve will appreciate your genuine concern.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder