I like to do things to fix my problems. I like to find a new routine, figure out a better plan, work out a clever solution.
But when I’m facing feeling like a failure, I have to acknowledge that the problem is bigger than just finding a better way of doing things. I need to realize that my sins leave me falling short and in need of God’s grace. I must admit that my sinful pride gives me a false idea of how my life should be. Basically, I need to remember that, as usual, the heart of the matter is my heart.
Soon, we’ll talk about some practical actions we can take to keep the feelings of failure at bay, but we first must allow the Word of God to speak truth to our hearts. We must turn to the only One who can forgive our sins and give the grace to make up for all our shortcomings. And in the end, we may actually come to the place where we are thankful for all our weaknesses, as they draw us into the loving arms of our Savior.
15 Verses for When You Feel Like a Failure
1. “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
2. “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16
3. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24
4. “humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
5. “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
6. “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25
7. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:1-2,5
8. “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.” Psalm 86:5-7
9. “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
10. “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2
11. “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18
12. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
13. “Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it!” Psalm 109:26-27
14. “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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
15. “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.” Ephesians 2:8-9