13 Helpful Bible Verses for When You Feel Like A Failure

The Bible has lots of examples of people failing, so here are 13 helpful Bible verses when you feel like a failure.
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Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
- John 14:1-2

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
- Romans 5:3-5

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. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
- Proverbs 24:16

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
- Psalm 55:22

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
- Lamentations 3:22-23

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
- Psalm 73:26

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
- Psalm 37:23-24

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
- Matthew 11:28-30

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
- Philippians 1:6

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
- Romans 8:28

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
- Jeremiah 29:11

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5 Stories From The Bible to Read When You Feel Like A Failure

Here are 5 short stories from the Bible to read when you feel like a failure.

Quieted by Love

Just when you feel you’ve reached the bottom, try to remember what God thought of ancient Israel’s coming restoration.  Now, think about how He feels about you.  It says, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

The Latter Harvest

We are not doing the things commanded of Christ because of a sense of duty, but because we actually do these things for Christ Himself (Matthew 25:40), so we need to keep a biblical perspective and “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).  Maybe what we think is a period in our life can become the comma that God can use for your own good in the future (Romans 8:28).

Died for Love  

I don’t know anyone who would die for multiple millions of ungodly, wicked enemies of God (Romans 5:6-10), but that’s just what God did in Jesus Christ.  In this way, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).   Almost everyone looked at Jesus’ death on the cross as the greatest failure ever, but in reality, it was the greatest triumph in all of human history (John 3:16).

God’s Purpose

Sometimes we make mistakes just because we’re human, so we need to learn to forgive ourselves.  And, if we know enough about the sovereignty of God, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).  This “all things” means the good, the bad, and the ugly, so even our failures in life will work out according to His purpose, and just because we’ve failed at something, doesn’t mean we’re a failure!

A Helping Hand

I can’t count the number of times I’ve stumbled, but so have many, many other saints in the Bible, but in time, they understood that “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).  All of us have failed at one time or another, but the question is, “How do we respond to it?”  For sure, we know the Lord’s got us. 

Maybe you can think of someone you can share these with. God loves us and has also given us the capacity to love others, so why not love others so that they might know who Jesus’ disciples are?