Scripture For Someone Dealing With a Sick Family Member
One of the most challenging situations to face is dealing with a family member who is sick. It is even worse if that family member is critically ill. Your friend can feel pressed for time with work or staying at the hospital with their loved one while a sick family member is in the hospital.
If you want to send them something special, the most precious thing you should consider sending across is consoling and encouraging Scripture for someone dealing with a sick family member that will spur them in their moments of grief.
Below is Scripture for someone dealing with a sick family member.
Jeremiah 17:14 – Save me so that I will praise you
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
When a sick family member is in pain, this Scripture will remind someone caring for him to cry to God for help. This is an excellent intercessory scripture for a sick family member. It is only God that can heal and save. God has the healing powers to restore a sick person to normalcy.
In moments of significant sickness, God is the only one we are supposed to look up to for healing. He is the sole helper in times of need. The Great Prophet Jeremiah believed in the recovery and saving power of God. He lifted his voice to God to do what he knew best.
This Scripture tells someone dealing with a sick family member not to fail to thank God after his sick relative has received healing. God hates an ungrateful person, so praises, thankfulness, and worship gladden his heart, which will push him to do more beautiful things in the life of the sick family member.
Isaiah 43:2 – God is with you in troubled times.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
This Scripture tells someone with a sick family member that the ill person is passing through a phase in life. Becoming sick may be a sign of a test of Faith of the ill person, just like what the righteous man, Job, encountered. The sick person has to show unwavering steadfastness in God.
The phase of the sickness of a family member is the waters he was predestined to pass through. At this point, God has assured the sick family member that his presence will always be with him. Even walking through waters which is a stricter stage in life, God is still speaking about his everlasting protection. God is proclaiming in this Verse that the sickness will never take away the life of the sick family member.
God is still speaking authoritatively over the life of the sick family member that even in the most challenging time of the fire, of course, you know what fire can cause to someone, he will never be burned. What happened to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the flame of fire will occur in the life of a sick family member. The lake of fire (sickness) programmed for the extinction of the ill person will never be consumable.
Use this Scripture to encourage the sick family member that he will come out victorious. The battle is of the Lord, and he will fulfill his protective and guiding promises.
Exodus 15:26 – Keep the Lord’s commands
He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
Exodus 15:26 (NIV)
This Scripture is a caution for someone dealing with a sick relative to convey to the ill person. The sick person needs to be aware that God hates sin. The word of the Lord in this Scripture tells the ill person to listen to the voice of the Lord. He should strive to do the will of the Lord. The sick person should let go of all sins and repent of them. He should seek God’s forgiveness.
God is also making a promise that if the sick person keeps his commandments, all his sickness will flee. The sickness non-believers encounter will never occur to the ill family member. Witnessing sicknesses meant to happen to non-believers is a sign of sinfulness.
God brings the infectious diseases meant to plague the pagans unto the life of a sinner as punishment. God is telling the sick family member to repent and receive the healing of the Great Healer, Jesus Christ.
Psalms 41:3 – God will restore you
The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
Psalms 41:3 (NIV)
This is a Scripture of hope, encouragement, and inspiration that God will restore the sick family member. No matter how long the sickness of a family member lasts, God has the willpower to sustain him till deliverance comes.
Being sick is not a big deal, but someone with a sick family member should pray for strength for the sick to endure and the sustenance of God to be apportioned to the sick because God will surely bring them healing.
1 Peter 1:6-7 – Trial is a test of Faith
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuiness of your faith, being more precious than gold perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
This Scripture reminds us of our human state. Even though you rejoice, it might last for a while because we live in a turbulent world. Some good things might be transient and fleeting. We might be healthy today and get sick tomorrow, so give thanks to God in all things, whether in good or bad times.
Encountering more than one trial in life should not be surprising because the Bible has already stated that these trials happen to test our Faith in God. The sickness part of life’s trial happens to your sick family member to test their Faith. Our Faith is the measure of belief in God which is why this Verse compares its preciousness to Gold. In other words, God is more interested in our Faith in him than in other things.
Our Faith is tested by fire, which shows that gruesome things might happen to our family members, but the good news is that they will triumphantly come out of all trials and temptations to praise, honor, and glory God when Jesus Christ is revealed. This Scripture posits that most people get endeared to God in times of trouble when they are eager to get help or deliverance.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – The Power of God will perfect their weakness
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9(NIV)
This Scripture assures that enough grace will be bestowed on your sick family member by the power of God. The power of God overshadows every weakness.
The power of God manifests where there is a weakness, so your sick family member will not feel that he survived through his strength. Tell your ill family member to boast more while he is suffering so that God’s power will be manifest.
James 5:14-16 – Elders of the Church should pray
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
James 5:14-16 (NIV)
This Scripture commands whosoever has a sick family to bring the sick to the forum of Elders in the Church to lay hands on the sick person and pray. Emphasis is laid on Elders as they are seen as God’s heads in the Church. They are spirit filled and are eligible to perform certain rites.
Anointing oil is also a significant factor in the healing process of your sick family member. He should be anointed with oil while being prayed for to ascertain healing. The Lord will not fail to honor this prayer and raise your sick family member.
Let it be noted that the forgiveness of sins accompanied the majority of healing Jesus Christ performed. This Verse further reiterates that the sick person’s sins will be forgiven after the Elders’ prayer.
Another essential principle of healing, as revealed in this Scripture, is for your sick family member to confess all his sins. Confession of sin is a prerequisite for recovery from sickness, so encourage your ill family member to confess their sins.
Romans 12:12 – Have hope, patience, and be prayerful
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Encourage your sick family member to have hope in God, for he is the only sustainable hope giver. God will never fail in his promises. Take them through the memory lane of Jesus Christ dying on the Cross of Calvary to redeem the world; he is a partaker of that grace of Salvation, so he should keep hope alive.
Also, remind your sick family member to exercise patience, for he will conquer sickness with patience. With being patient in the face of tribulation, he will never divert from the ways of God and displease God to turn his gracious face away from him. Patience was a virtue Job exercised during his tribulation, and he became victorious in the end.
A prayerful life of your sick family member is a sign of steadfastness in the blessings and grace of God over his life. Persistent prayers to remind God of his awful situation are needed for God’s mercy to avail. Cultivating a prayerful life shows that your sick loved one has not yielded to the temptation and trial of sickness but attests to his Faith and belief in God.
Exodus 14:14 – Be Still And Watch the Lord
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)
Remind your sick family member that God will be available in all battles against him. No matter the nature of his sickness, God has handled that situation. He will come out victorious.
God is saying In this Scripture that if your sick family members genuinely believe he is a great healer, they should stay calm while he fights their battle. God is saying that this battle of sickness plaguing their spiritual and physical life will be taken care of accordingly.
There are battles your sick family should not bother going to the battlefield. God has taken over the responsibility of fighting specific battles. The only thing God wants your ill family members to do is, sit tight and watch the incredible power of action.
Scripture For Someone Who Is Very Sick
In your quest to sympathize with a sick family member, imagine yourself in their position that you will be able to treat them exactly the way you would want to be treated if you happened to be in such a situation.
Go down memory lane if you have ever been in a situation where you needed help during your sick period. What would you have wanted to hear? How you want to be treated and other related questions racing through your mind will help you understand precisely how to treat your sick family member.
If your sick family member is facing a difficult situation or an unbearable sickness, these Scriptures will help sort through the complicated situation they might face.
Deuteronomy 7:15 – The Lord will turn your afflictions to your enemies
And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you.
Deuteronomy 7:15 (ESV)
God is telling you in this Verse to uplift the spirit of your sick family member. Tell them that God will surely take away whatever infirmity the devil inflicted on them. Whatever affliction they faced while they were sinners will not be visited upon them as they have accepted Jesus Christ to be their personal Lord and Saviour.
Whatever their past held against them will be blotted out by the power of Christ. Every consequence of their past sins will be buried and never remembered. They were ignorant of their sins, so when it was revealed to them, they cried for God’s mercy through genuine repentance-rued God’s understanding.
However, this Scripture assures your sick family member that God will put all their sickness upon their enemies. Whoever rejoiced in their state of helplessness will be visited by the illness plaguing them. All their haters will be put to shame, and they will experience every horrible thing they wished for your sick family member.
You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
This is a message of hope for your sick family member. God is proclaiming this message of revival to your ill family member. They will not perish on their sick bed but will serve the Lord. Tell your ill family member that God will sustain and restore them to good health irrespective of the kindness of their sickness.
God will not just stop at restoring your sick family member to good health but will bless them beyond their expectation. The wealth they will accumulate after getting divine healing from God will be in multiple folds.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Indeed, the righteous will encounter many afflictions. Count your sick family member as an honest person because of his sickness. The devil only afflicts those who pledge allegiance to God, so they will curse God and prefer to die. The devil uses afflictions to test the faithfulness of the children of God.
As a righteous person, be ready to pass through all forms of affliction, but the good news is that the Lord will deliver you from all those afflictions just as he did to many who believed in him.
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Psalms 105:37 (KJV)
God’s goodness and reassurance reflect in this Scripture over his people. Even in sickness, the Lord promises an abundance of riches. How will my sick family member be brought out of condition with so much wealth? This is the mystery of God. He can do unimaginable things.
God further assures your sick family member that there shall be no one with infirmity among his generation. There is always a reward after we triumph over the affliction of sickness caused by the devil. God always apportions a better future to soothe the pains we went through, and this promise has extended to our unborn generation.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
Psalms 107:20 (ESV)
God is using you to preach goodwill to your sick family member. Ignite their Faith by telling them about the healing power of God. By constantly hearing the message of God, their belief and Faith in God are raised.
God will heal them by the power of his word. God is a great deliverer; he will direct their footsteps away from destruction. When sickness seems to take your life away, the Lord will deliver your sick family member from the snare of disease and its destruction.
Scripture For Someone With Terminal Illness
You might still ponder over what to say or not to say. Some people may be vulnerable over what they hear. Their reactions toward what people say to and about them in their times of sickness have positively or negatively affected their lives.
You may wallow in fear of the unknown of what is lurking at the corner over the situation of your sick family member. You expect to hear good news or medical advice that may improve your ill family member’s health. You have high hopes for the recovery of your sick family member.
In this delicate situation, it could be advisable to err on caution because some cliches don’t just feel correct. Even when dealing with a sick family member with a terminal disease, there are many easy yet encouraging things to say, which are contained in the Scriptures stated below.
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.”
Jeremiah 33:6 (ESV)
The Lord has declared in this Scripture that he will sustain your sick family member with health. No matter their sickness, the Lord has promised to cure them. The promise of God does not end with good health and healing but the abundance of peace and truth.
The Lord will provide all that your sick family member desires to get. In prayers and supplication, all their heart desires will be granted. The peace of the Lord will be upon their lives, and the countenance of God will shine upon their souls. The truth of the Lord will surely set them free from the captivity of the evil one.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
Jeremiah 17:14 (ESV)
This Scripture shows you the kind of prayer you should lead your sick family member to pray. Let your ill family member acknowledge that God is the healer and he will be healed. Acknowledgment is a sign of Faith and acceptance of the supreme power of God.
The sick family member should also realize that God is the only Saviour of his soul. This utterance of acknowledgment and acceptance will push God to do his will in the sick person’s life.
However, it is pertinent that your sick family member has to be joyful at all times. God is pleased with a cheerful and optimistic heart. Whether your ill family receives healing or not, he should be full of songs of worship and praise. Praise moves God to do more beautiful things in a person’s life, while ingratitude pisses God.
“You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.”
Isaiah 38:16-17 (ESV)
God will surely revive your sick family member in his state of helplessness. This Scripture tells your ill family member that after receiving God’s divine healing, he should persistently thank God for the recovery of God.
When we go through trials and persecution, we feel that God has abandoned us, but we will soon realize that we were going through the fire for divine upliftment and promotion. What we think is detrimental to us is a strategy of God to catapult us to greater heights.
The benefits of God sometimes disguise as hardship, just like what he did to Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his only, which he managed to have in old age. Sometimes, God allows us to see torture to crown us with glory, depending on how we react during the trial.
God’s unwavering love will remain with your sick family members as he will keep them away from the pit of destruction. When God heals, every trace of sin that could be used as a point to score over the grace of God upon the life of your sick family member will be blotted out.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Romans 10:17 (ESV)
This is a command that you should do to your sick family member. Keep on feeding them with the word of God. By constantly hearing the word of God, which is power, the chains of sickness are broken. The term of Christ is power, and your sick family member must be imbibed with such powers.
“Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”
Psalms 30:2 (ESV)
This Scripture shows that God is the faithful Redeemer in times of lost hope. No one calls upon the one true God, and he fails. Many sick people called upon God in the Scriptures, and they got healed.
Your family member’s situation might not be worse than the case of the blind Bartimaeus, the woman with the issue of blood, the skin disease of Job, and the demon-possessed people, but to mention a few. All these people called on God and believed he would restore their sanity.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
Psalm 107:20 (ESV)
This Scripture tells anyone with a sick family member that his word will be sufficient to heal them. God promised to send his word to cure all diseases, so your ill family member will not be an exception.
God will deliver your sick family member from the devil’s destruction no matter the irredeemable situation they might be in. This Scriptures further expresses the potency of the word of God. Only the word of God can able to break through every harsh situation. Let the sick family member imprint the word of the Lord in his heart to use it as a weapon anytime the devil rears its ugly head.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)
This Scripture is telling your sick loved one to be courageous. The battle of sickness is fierce, but they should not panic, for the Lord will surely deliver them. The Lord is telling you today to diminish every fear associated with the sickness.
Snooze every dread of death culminating from this sickness. The Lord has again reinstated his unwavering support, love, and kindness toward your unhappy situation. You are not alone in the struggle; God will lead you through very soon.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)
This Scripture reminds your sick loved one that God is an excellent Comforter. Tell your ill family member to bless the name of the Lord at all times. Rejoicing even in their gruesome state will make the Lord look upon their situation with mercy.
The sick family member should bless the name of the Lord even when it seems that healing is far away. Remember, this is a test to see your actions and inactions during your trial to receive your reward. How you act or react will mar or make you.
God is putting you through some kinds of stuff to garner experience to guide, teach, admonish, and advise people you will eventually find in the situation you previously found yourself in.
No matter what difficult circumstances a friend, acquaintance, or family faces, showing them love and compassion when they need it most can be a real support. Try to put yourself in their position.
What do you need to hear or want to hear? Alternatively, recall another time in your life when you coped with a sick family member. What was it that improved their mood? After all, it might not be precise words you use but your intention. Someone will sense your sincere desire to make them feel better.