When You Feel Unworthy of God’s Love

When you feel unworthy of God’s love, don’t.

Not all feelings can be trusted. They come and go as the wind blows. They can lead you astray. Feelings are not your true north.

God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He has compelled himself to obey His own Word because God never breaks His promises. God’s Word says He will never leave you, so He won’t.

God’s love is not based on your own nature or ability or goodness—it’s based on His. God is a God who abides, so believe it.

God loved you as a sinner (Romans 5:8). He’ll love you if you sin today. He’ll love you if you sin tomorrow. Your sin does not determine if God loves you or not. God’s love is a fact that resides apart from the fact of your sin. Your sin does not disqualify you for God’s love.

God loved you first (1 John 4:19).

So preach the love of God to yourself.
Receive it while God is near.
Because He is.

Only you can make yourself feel unworthy of God’s love. God’s love is a primary reality, standing apart from space and time, circumstance and consequence, people and places. God’s love is essential—remember He loved you first. First in chronology, first in importance.

You feel unworthy because you want to. Not because you are. Not because of what they did to you. Not because of what you did. And certainly not because of what God thinks of you.

You are worthy of His love. He delights in you and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Yes, God’s delight erupts over you in great choruses of joy. Mere words cannot release the thoughts and feelings He has for you. God must sing over you.

You are not beyond His love. How can you be? A love that is higher than high, deeper than deep, wider than wide? Love that searches you out and hems you in and sees your most ugly, most unlovely moments? Love that sees you. God’s love was released for moments such as these, for a person such as you.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (1 John 1:15). Nothing can put out the light of God’s love. Want proof? For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (John 3:16), and that Son is alive today.

So do this today:

Sit down in a quiet place. Hold your hand over your heart. Take a breath, exhale, and say,

“God, you love me.”

Say it again.

“God, you love me.”

And again.

“God, you love me.”

Say it until you believe it. Say it until you experience it. Some things are best experienced. And when you do, it’s the best.

The only thing standing in front of God’s love is you, so get out of the way.

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Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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14 thoughts on “When You Feel Unworthy of God’s Love

  1. My contribution is that GOD loves us when we are yet sinners…but the BIBLE admonishes us to do what is pleasing to GOD and HE will guide us. HEBREWS 10:26= if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left…..so we strive to stear away from sinWE CANNOT DELIBERATELY CONTINUE IN SIN AND TAKE GODs love for granted. sHALOM

  2. What you write is what everyone tells me is the truth, but what if some of us are truly unworthy? I just can’t help thinking I must be the exception not the rule!

    • Hi Dawna, I’m sorry you feel you’re the exception to the rule. That would make you the only person ever. I wonder what happened to you to think such a thing. No one can convince you of God’s love if you don’t want to be; your beliefs are a combination of words and experiences. Even if those two sources don’t push you toward God’s love, but away, there is a stronger force and that’s faith. Will you trust God at his word? Read the blog I posted today. I used your comment to minister to others who have thought they were too the exceptions to the rule.

  3. Over the last ten years my husband and I have strayed from the way in which we should have been living our lives. Recently the saying ‘When it rains it pours’ has come to mean something entirely new to us. Sometimes it feels like punishment but other times it feels like I’m being steered to a better place. By that I mean I am personally struggling with feeling unworthy of God’s presence much less his love. As we’re trying to find a church suitable for our family it is obvious that so many people want us there. However, even during lessons or sermons I find myself feeling like a ‘fraud’ for even being in a house of worship.

    I feel at this point that there are only two people who can help me right the wrongs that have brought me to this point. Myself and God. Of course my husband is in the same position but he has a much stronger background in his faith and is not quite as lost as I am when it comes to my feelings of worthlessness.

    How do I overcome the feeling that I should not be there when I am so lost?

  4. Sometimes I also feel not good enough to receive this love. I am confused at times also of Hebrew 10:26. Sometimes I don’t deliberately want to sin but I keep sining all the same. I am trapped in a body that is always in conflict with the spirit. And I reach at low moments where I just dont know what to believe. Thanks for the post.

  5. I repeated “God you love me” several times and it’s interesting how the tone inflection changed. It went from unbelieving, questioning, and then knowing…. We are all so focused on ourselves and forget how huge God’s love is – He is just so big it’s hard to fathom. Thank you for such a good reminder. I’ll remember your words and tell myself when those unworthy feeling moments come up….

  6. Thank you all for posting. I googled feeling worthless of God’s love and was led hear. After reading the main post I felt better. I did the excersise and plan to do so everytime I feel this feeling creeping up on me. We all make mistakes. We all are loved by God even when we think we dont deserve it. Believe it. Best to all.