In this article we are going to cover 21 of the best Bible verses for confidence and self esteem. This is such a powerful topic because we all live our lives based on our beliefs. If lies about who we are, our identity and our value have made their way into our heart then we will live according to those lies. Those lies will impact our interactions with others, our relationships, our successes-literally every single thing we do.
If I don’t believe I have value, I will allow people to treat me poorly, I will aim low in my goals, I will experience anxiety and depression. Confidence and self esteem is powerful. So how do we figure out our identity and value? Is it based on our performance? Does our value depend on our talents? If it does, then we are in trouble! If you a follower of Christ, then I have lots of good news for you.
Read on to find out where your identity and value comes from…
Confidence and Self Esteem Defined
Confidence is defined as, “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Self-esteem is defined as, “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” Notice how both of those definitions depend on your gifts, talents and abilities. What happens if those things aren’t what the world values? Then does that decrease your worth and value? Can you see how I am standing on shaky ground if my value is attached to my abilities? And what if I lose those talents or abilities? Does that reduce my value? As we go through the best Bible verses on confidence and self-esteem, we will see that true confidence comes from Someone much bigger. As children of God, our value is in Christ alone. Such confidence comes from Christ. Nothing can reduce or remove our value. Praise God!
Confidence in Christ
The first step to true confidence is looking at God’s Word. We must find our confidence and self esteem in His abilities and what He has done for us, in us and through us. This means we have to stop leaning on our own understanding of value and worth. The world says you have value if you work hard enough and it’s based on your own abilities. God’s Word says a very different thing. He says we are made in the image of God therefore we have value. So I guess that means you have to answer this question: Are you attaching your value to the work of your hands or the work of Christ? (Check out Biblical Affirmations)
Best Bible Verses for Confidence and Self Esteem
1. Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
You are loved in all of your imperfections. God’s love is not dependent on perfection, works, accomplishments, status or anything else that the world values. His love is most clearly demonstrated in His willingness to send His Son to die on the cross so that we can be in relationship with Him. There is no greater love than One who lays down His life for us.
2. Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
You are strong because God enables your strength in everything that He calls you to do. Scripture says that His power is made perfect in your weakness. Additionally, when we are weak then we are strong because the Spirit of God empowers and strengthens in ways we cannot do apart from Christ.
3. 2 Corinthians 3:5
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5
You are enough– complete in Christ! Because of Christ you have everything you need to live a godly life and His grace is sufficient for you. Strong confidence comes from knowing that we are complete in Christ.
4. Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
You can do hard things. One of the common lies we believe is that we can’t….(fill in the blank). I heard a sermon that referred to miracles coming in “cans”. When our script is “I can” instead of “I can’t”, it changes the way we approach life, relationships and hardships. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
5. Jeremiah 7:7-8a
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” Jeremiah 7:7-8a
Trusting in the Lord is the very thing that builds confidence and self-esteem. If I am trusting in my own confidence , my own strength, my own human wisdom or my own resources- I will find myself lacking in every way. Yet true confidence comes from leaning into the power of Christ- His strength, His godly wisdom and His endless resources. If you are struggling with low self-esteem, put your confidence in Christ rather than yourself.
6. 1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
The battle has already been won! Our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death. As a result, we have ultimate victory. This creates firm trust!
7. 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
You are fully know and fully loved. God’s perfect love, His true love is not dependent on you, your works, your talents or anything else from you. His love depends on Him- this is good news! He is love and His love never runs out.
8. 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
You are forgiven. God faithfully forgives all of your sin- bring it all to Him. You are a child of God and your Heavenly Father delights to wash away sin and start fresh every day. There is nothing beyond His grace. If you are holding onto the past, take heart…you are forgiven.
9. Romans 5:17
For if, by trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17
You are righteous. One of my favorite parts of belonging to the Most High God is that through Christ’s power we have His righteousness. He has removed our filthy rags and replaced them with gleaming white robes of righteousness.
10. 2 Timothy 3:17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17
God has equipped us with the Word of God to help us. The Holy Bible helps us know the will of God, the love of God and the peace of God and so much more. When we regularly engage in Bible study it cultivates spiritual growth in us. This is the most powerful equipping we have and it directly connects with confidence and self esteem.
11. Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
If you are feeling unprotected and vulnerable, know that God is your protector. He is calling you to seek refuge in Him. He is your place of refuge, rather than people, places and things.
12. Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13
This is one of the best Bible verses for confidence. You have eternal life. This world is the worst thing we will ever have to endure and future kingdom of God is our hope for the future.
13. Psalm 34:4
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
The Lord is your Deliverer. He rescues, saves and helps us in exactly the right time and in exactly the right way.
14. Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
As a follower of Christ, God created you for a purpose. He has already prepared your tasks. When we live out the purpose for which we were made, we have the most meaningful life imagineable.
15. John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- John 1:12
You are little children of God, belonging to the family of God. You belong! If you are struggling with loneliness and feeling as though you don’t belong, this is the best Bible verse for you.
16. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The moment you call on the name of the Lord, you are a new creation in Christ. Let that Truth build your confidence.
17. Genesis 16:13
She have this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13
God sees you. He knows your every thought, emotion and desire.
18. 1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12
Have confidence in knowing that you can approach the Throne of Grace in your time of need. The God of Hope is longing and delighting to be in relationship with you.
19. Colossians 3:10
…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:10
You are made new because the work of the Son of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. This is news that we can be confident in.
20. 1 Peter 1:2
…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ sprinkled with his blood- 1 Peter 1:2
You are chosen! Chosen by the Lord God to be apart of the family of God.
21. Philippians 1:6
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
You are a work in progress. God is demonstrating His love for me and you when He faithfully grows us in grace. This is another demonstration of the love of God in our lives… that He would lovingly and tenderly cultivate fruit in our lives.
Final Thoughts on Bible Verses for Confidence and Self Esteem
The beginning of our confidence is trusting what the Word of the Lord says about you rather than trusing in the work of your own hands. We must fight to believe Truth. Scripture is the Rock that we can count on since it is unchanging. The rest of the world believe they can work hard and therefore be valuable. But God’s Word says the work is done, we are valuable because we are made in the image of God. What are you going to believe? As you review the best Bible verses for confidence and self esteem, consider writing a few Scriptures that resonate with you on notecards and meditating on Truth. Prayerfully as God to give you the faith to believe His Word over your own. Bask in His steadfast love for you!