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What does the Bible say about being sad or sadness?

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14 Mar

What does the Bible say about being sad or sadness?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sad: Affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness.

Bible verses for sad or sadness:

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

"He will wipe away every tear away 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

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make your strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you." Isaiah 66:13

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

"Jesus wept." John 11:35

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3

God acknowledges the normal negative emotions that are associated with our sadness. He also states that for those who are honest with Him, themselves and others during the mourning process, He will provide comfort.

This comfort is like "a mother comforts her child. When a child gets hurt while playing, they don't look for someone with first aide training. They need the presence, words and touch of their mother. Mom simply saying, "you are OK", can change the child's perception and take the fear away. Mom's touch soothes deep into the soul. Its all about trusting mom. If she says "you are OK", you believe her.

In the same way we can acknowledge God's presence, allow the Holy Spirit to touch our soul with God's Word and then trust by faith.

God also offers purpose to our sadness and grief. He says it is part of our faith journey during which we become equipped to help others.

God also puts a timeline on our sadness or grief. It will not last forever.


Mike Marecle