Feeling Worthless? Tips From The Bible To Feel Better

Have you ever felt like you’re not enough? You are not alone. We all face moments that make us question our worth, leaving us feeling worthless and confused. 

This is because life can throw curveballs causing us to go through things we were nowhere near ready for—job losses or rejection for example. These experiences can affect anyone’s mental health and cause them to start feeling worthless and/or develop low self-esteem. 

Fortunately, the Bible understands these negative feelings of worthlessness and offers insights to help us rise above them. It’s like a friend guiding us through the tough times, reminding us that our value goes beyond life’s challenges and our mental health conditions. 

So, let’s dive in, explore these feelings, and uncover the gems of hope the Bible has for us for a brighter, more confident tomorrow.

Why you might have feelings of worthlessness

Feeling worthless often stems from comparisons, setbacks, unmet expectations, or mental health issues like depression. It actually is a symptom of depression.

External measures of success and others’ opinions can significantly contribute to these emotions.

Recognizing common triggers like job loss, childhood trauma, shameful experiences, and rejection is the first step in addressing these complex emotions.

Losing a job is more than a professional setback; it’s a huge shift that can deeply impact our self-esteem and make us feel worthless.

The abrupt change in routine, coupled with financial uncertainty, can trigger feelings of inadequacy and failure. 

The fear of judgment from others and the stigma associated with unemployment may broaden your sense of worthlessness.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that job loss doesn’t define personal value. It’s an opportunity for growth, resilience, and the pursuit of new possibilities, reaffirming that our worth extends far beyond job titles.

Childhood experiences, especially those marred by trauma and stressful events, have negative effects on how we view ourselves.

Whether it’s neglect, abuse, or instability, these negative childhood experiences can distort our perceptions of self-worth and affect our mental health, causing a serious condition like post-traumatic stress disorder.

People who’ve gone through such trauma often begin feeling worthless and resenting their family members.

Recognizing the impact of these experiences is one of the many small steps toward healing that are vital in the journey to stop feeling worthless.

Feelings of guilt from past actions or choices can cast a shadow on your self-esteem. Whether it’s a moral misstep or a decision you regret, the weight of shame can feel overwhelming.

Therefore, it’s essential to differentiate between your actions and your self-worth. 

Remember, acknowledging your mistakes, seeking forgiveness, and learning from them can change your life. Embrace self-compassion and speak kindly to yourself.

Rejection, whether in personal relationships or professional spheres, can make anyone start feeling worthless. The pain of not being chosen, accepted, or valued can lead to feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and possibly major depression symptoms.

It’s essential to recognize that rejection often reflects the perceptions and choices of others rather than your own flaws. Building resilience involves understanding that your value isn’t diminished by external stress or judgments.

Therefore, cultivating self-worth and seeking support from those who appreciate and affirm our worth can help overcome depressive symptoms, and the wounds of rejection.

Bible verses about feeling worthless

In times of emotional turmoil and negative thought patterns, Bible verses act as healing balms, reminding us of God’s unwavering love and the amazing value He places on each soul.

These verses are beacons of hope, giving us a deep understanding of our worth in the eyes of God, even when we feel hopeless. 

So what does God say about feeling worthless? Here are a few scriptures to start with.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Photo of thoughts from Ephesians 2:8-10, which are part of the Bible verses about feeling worthless.

This verse reminds us that our worth is not determined by our own efforts but by God’s unmerited favor.

We are God’s masterpieces, designed for a purpose that contributes to His greater plan. Understanding this truth helps us counteract worthless feelings. It reminds us that

“But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’ “

We are known and cherished by our Creator. This knowledge can be a source of comfort and empowerment, countering the lies that make you feel worthless with the truth of being chosen and redeemed by God.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care … And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Photo of thoughts from Matthew 6:26, 10:29-31 which says that God takes care of all of His creation, but we are the most valuable.

In these Scriptures, Jesus uses the example of birds to illustrate the value God places on His children.

While God provides even for the smallest creatures, these verses encourage a shift in perspective. It invites us to trust in God’s provision and acknowledge our elevated value in His eyes.

Then the assurance that even the number of hairs on our heads is known to God emphasizes His intimate and personal connection with us.

God does not want us to be feeling worthless.

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Photo of thoughts from Genesis 1:27, 31 which contradicts feeling worthless.

Genesis 1:27 & 31 holds a profound message for us all. Being created in the image of God carries inherent dignity and worth.

This foundational concept shapes our understanding of the sanctity of human life and calls for respect and care toward one another.

“for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

The recognition of being purchased by the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ reinforces a sense of self-esteem and belonging in us all.

By glorifying God in our bodies, we can find purpose and value, understanding that we are cherished possessions of the Almighty.

“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.”

The assurance that God’s intentions are good counters the despair associated with feeling worthless. We can find comfort in knowing that our Creator has purposeful and positive things planned for our lives. He has good things in store.

“Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll— are they not in your record?”

Photo of thoughts from Psalm 56:8 which reads, "Our pain and sorrow are recognized by our loving and compassionate Heavenly Father."

The acknowledgment of our tears being recorded in God’s scroll highlights His compassion and attentiveness to our struggles.

Knowing this can bring peace to those of us who are grappling with self-esteem issues. Our pain and sorrow are recognized by a loving and empathetic Creator.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!… Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.”

The mental image of being intricately knit together in the womb shows us the intentional and thoughtful nature of God’s design.

David’s reflection on the vastness of God’s thoughts toward humanity reinforces the idea that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made.

This has a positive effect on our mental health and reduces the negative self-talk of those who are feeling worthless.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

These verses emphasize the depth of God’s love. They prove our worth and encourage positive self-talk.

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Photo of thoughts from Psalm 68:19-20 and 1 Peter 5:7 which says, "God wants us to release our burdens into His hands, including feeling worthless.

These verses encourage us to release our burdens into God’s caring hands, including feeling worthless. We can trust His ability to provide escape and deliverance.

The assurance of God’s concern for every aspect of our lives and mental health should be a source of comfort and strength, fostering a sense of security and value in His love.

Tips from the Bible to Feel Better

As we navigate the challenges of mental health conditions and emotional well-being, God’s Word provides a source of comfort and direction.

Here are some valuable tips from the Bible to uplift your spirit, cultivate resilience, and foster a sense of purpose amid negative events or tough times.

  1. Gratitude Journaling
  2. Social Media Detox
  3. Seeking Emotional Support
  4. Practicing Self-Reflection
  5. Serving Others

Embracing an attitude of gratitude is a life-changing practice that aligns with Biblical principles. Keeping a gratitude journal involves intentionally reflecting on and recording moments of thankfulness.

The Bible encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), promoting a mindset shift towards recognizing the positive aspects of life, no matter how small.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Taking a deliberate break or limiting exposure to social media is one way to do that.

Detoxing from the constant influx of information and comparison on social platforms will allow us to focus on the uplifting truths found in the Word of God.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

This verse emphasizes the power of renewing your mind. It encourages us to break free from worldly patterns and attitudes that may cause feeling worthless.

Related: How Detoxing From Social Media Can Help Your Faith

Engaging in open and honest conversations with a trusted family member, friends, or support groups mirrors the Biblical encouragement to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).

Sharing struggles and seeking emotional support is a testament to the communal aspect of faith, where we can find strength through connection and understanding.

It’s always a good time for self-reflection because it allows us to align our thoughts with God’s truth.

Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

This shows that self-reflection fosters a deeper understanding of ourselves in the light of God’s love.

Acts of kindness and choosing to help others reflect the Biblical call to love one’s neighbor as oneself (Mark 12:31).

Serving others shifts our focus from our internal struggles to external impact, bringing fulfillment and purpose.

When to get professional help

There are times when seeking professional help becomes essential for our mental and emotional health.

It’s important to recognize when feelings of worthlessness persist and impact your mental health and daily life. Here are indicators that reaching out to a mental health professional may be necessary:

  • Persistent Negative Thoughts: Constant self-doubt, or feeling worthless.
  • Symptoms of Depression: Prolonged feelings of sadness, not getting enough sleep, appetite changes, mood disorders, and a loss of interest in activities.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: Any contemplation of self-harm or a suicidal thought.
  • Past Trauma Impact: Struggling with childhood trauma or past experiences.
  • Isolation and Withdrawal: Persistent withdrawal from social activities, isolation, and difficulty connecting with others.

If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, it’s crucial to reach out to a 24/7 helpline. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for free and confidential support.

Remember, choosing to seek professional help from a mental health provider is a courageous step towards healing and doesn’t diminish the significance of your faith.

Many Christian mental health professionals offer both in-person and online therapy and can work in conjunction with your faith to offer a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being.

You can find a Christian mental health provider by searching here: www.therapyforchristians.com

A Prayer for when you are feeling worthless

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your love and the way you have placed value on my life. In moments of doubt, I turn to You, my source of true worth.

I pray that you would remind me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14) and assure me of Your unwavering love (Romans 8:32), granting strength and courage.

Please help me to focus on Your good news and embrace gratitude (Philippians 4:8). Equip me with Your Word as my armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and guide me in implementing these practical tips for feeling better all found in Your Word.

I trust Your plans of hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and I trust You wholeheartedly. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

You can download this prayer in a PDF format. It is free. Here is the link.

Photo of the prayer to overcome feeling worthless.

About the Author:

Photo of Corine Williams, author of "Feeling Worthless ? Tips from the Bible to feel better."

Corine Williams, Ph.D. ​​is the founder of www.therapyforchristians.com, a website dedicated to increasing mental health awareness in the Christian community.  She is also the author of It Is Well: A Guided Christian Journal which contains 70 activities to help you make peace with your past; take control of your emotions; and live a life that honors God.  You can find out more about her at  www.booksbycorine.com or by visiting her Amazon profile.

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