20 Bible Verses About Rejection and Loneliness

“…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

These are the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We know we can trust Him when He says He is with us and yet we still feel the crushing blow of loneliness. 

You can be in a room full of people at work, at a party, or yes (sadly) at church and feel completely alone. 

Even worse than loneliness is the searing pain of rejection. In this world full of broken people, rejection can come from anywhere. 

Abandonment and betrayal can come from a casual acquaintance or a member of your family. The toxic twin emotions of loneliness and rejection are enough to depress even the most joyous person.

However, I want you to feel encouraged. As deeply hurtful as loneliness and abandonment are, there truly is hope. 

Today, I want to share with you some Bible verses about rejection and loneliness as well as some tips and ideas that I’ve used to overcome these emotions.

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Rejection Hurts, But There’s Hope in God.

When I was in sixth grade I was severely bullied. The isolation and rejection I felt were palpable every day. Going through these formative years feeling like an outcast takes a huge toll on your mental health. 

Many young people who go through similar situations turn to toxic solutions like self-harm or suicide to help take away the pain. 

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I had a relationship with Jesus during this season of my life. I shudder to think of how I would have chosen to cope if I didn’t have the love and protection of God, as well as my family. 

When you deal with pain and rejection and you don’t know God, the toxic taunts and slurs hurled at you begin to seep into your soul. You begin to believe what others are saying about you. 

But when you have a relationship with Christ, He is there to remind you of who you truly are. A daughter of the king. His friend. Loved. Here for a purpose and made in His image. 

When you choose to meditate more on what God says about you instead of the lies of the enemy, you can find the hope you need to fight against the slings and arrows the world throws at you. 

But when you have a relationship with Christ, He is there to remind you of who you truly are. A daughter of the king. His friend. Loved. Here for a purpose and made in His image. 

How Should We As Christians Respond to Feelings of Rejection?

As Christians, if we suffer from feeling rejected or isolated we shouldn’t shy away from embracing these emotions. You don’t have to feel shame because you feel lonely. 

Some of the most significant biblical heroes and heroines felt the same way, as we will discuss later. In this life, we will be betrayed and left out. 

We don’t need to act as if we are super humans who don’t naturally respond to feelings of hurt and rejection. However, where we need to be careful is when we wallow in our rejection. 

Wallowing in hurt and abandonment can lead to chronic anxiety and depression, which I firmly believe are two of the devil’s greatest weapons.

 “No one cares about me. No one loves me.” 

It’s easy to say these words and think these thoughts over and over until they become embedded in your brain. The enemy would love for you to think you are all alone and no one gives a rip about you. 

That’s simply not true, which we will also talk about later. Not only can woe-is-me talk lead to depression but it puts a lot of focus on ourselves. It’s easy to become me-focused when we concentrate so much on the wrong done to us. 

Now I’m not minimizing what you’re going through. Your feelings are valid and should be acknowledged. But there’s so much pain and suffering in the world, and when we only focus on our own pain, we can forget about others who are going through the same thing or worse.

So allow yourself to feel the pain that you feel, and cry out to God for relief. But also remember to balance that out by thinking of and praying for others.

We will now go over some Bible verses that you can turn to when you are plagued by loneliness or that you can share with others who are facing the same challenges.

We don’t need to act as if we are super humans who don’t naturally respond to feelings of hurt and rejection. However, where we need to be careful is when we wallow in our rejection. 


Bible Verses About Rejection and Loneliness

One of the amazing things about Jesus (just one of many), is that He has felt all of the emotions we have felt. (Hebrews 4:15)

He can empathize with our joys and pains in life because He experienced them firsthand. The feelings of rejection and loneliness are no exception. As we are about to see, He endured rejection from so many even though He is God. 

If God Himself experienced rejection, it should be no surprise that we will too. This doesn’t lessen our pain, but at least we know we aren’t alone. Continue reading to see what the Bible says about rejection and isolation. 

  1. John 15:18 – If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
  2. Isaiah 53:3 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
  3. John 1:11 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
  4. Psalm 94:14 – For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

If God Himself experienced rejection, it should be no surprise that we will too. This doesn’t lessen our pain, but at least we know we aren’t alone.

Bible Verses About Being Rejected By Your Family

So the Son of God was rejected by the world, including those in His hometown.  Many times we will be too and that sounds horrible, and it is. 

But at the very least our family won’t reject us, right? 

Nope. Unfortunately, they can too! I know it’s painful to consider, but it does happen every day. 

But as we will see, God promises to be there for us, even when our own family isn’t!

  1. John 7:5 – For neither did his brethren believe in him.
  2. Psalm 27:10 – When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
  3. Isaiah 49:15 – Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
  4. Mark 13:12 – Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
  5. Genesis 37:5 – Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

Bible Verses About Rejecting God

Ok so sometimes, we aren’t the ones being rejected but are instead the ones doing the rejecting. And who is it that we reject? God, of course! 

And I won’t pick only on atheists because believers can do our own form of rejecting God such as when we ignore what He has to say, twist scriptures to mean what we want them to mean, or openly sin with no real attempt at repentance. 

Let’s read about what the Bible says about rejecting God and the consequences of doing so. 

  1. Luke 10:16 – He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
  2. Psalm 14:1 – The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
  3. John 3:36 – He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
  4. Jeremiah 15:6 – Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.

Bible Verses About Feeling Rejected By God

Yes, we can reject God but we can also feel like He has abandoned us too. I know I have felt this way many times! 

When you’re walking through a deep valley of hurt, you can look up at the sky and wonder where in the world God is during all this. Am I walking alone? Does He even realize or care about what I’m going through?

When you read through these scriptures that I’m going to share, you’ll see that you aren’t the only ones who have uttered similar words. 

Naomi felt this way about God in the book of Ruth. David vented about his frustrations and sorrow in Psalms. Even Jesus asked why God had forsaken Him in the midst of His horrible agony on the cross! 

Let’s read to see what they all had to say!

  1. Ruth 1:13 – Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
  2. Psalm 13 – How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? (2) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? (3) Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; (4) Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. (5) But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. (6) I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
  3. Matthew 27:46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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Scriptures on Overcoming Rejection

Wow! Did you know all of those verses about pain and rejection were in the Bible? 

Whether you feel rejected by God or man (or both), you are definitely not alone! But even better than that is the hope that you can glean from the Bible when you feel this isolation.

God makes it clear in His word that He loves you and will comfort you even when everyone else has left you! 

  1. Psalm 34:17-20 – The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. (18) The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (20) He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
  2. Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  3. Psalm 94:14 – For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
  4. 2 Corinthians 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

How Can We Overcome Rejection?

  1. Use a prayer journal to document your journey.
  2. Be blatantly honest with God.
  3. Reach out to help others.
  4. Find support groups.
  5. Find a Christian counselor. 

Knowing that the Bible addresses loneliness is comforting but how can we actually conquer loneliness? I like practical tips that I can use in my everyday life. 

So what are some actual ways we can overcome rejection?  Here are some ideas:

  1. Use a prayer journal to document your journey.

Writing in a prayer journal has been an amazing friend to me in times of trouble. Journaling in general is beneficial all on its own but when you combine it with prayer, be prepared for some major transformation! 

I can’t tell you the number of journal entries I’ve read from years ago and thought “Wow, I don’t remember feeling that dejected.” There’s something powerful about leaving your tears and fears on the pages of a journal and lifting them up to God in prayer. 

I urge you to try it and see if it doesn’t make a difference in your life! All you need is a blank sheet of paper and a pen (although I’m a huge fan of prayer printable journals too). Oh, and make sure to add a date to each entry so you can see just how far you’ve come!

  1. Be blatantly honest with God. 

Don’t be afraid to be completely honest with God about how you feel. Let’s keep it real… He already knows how you feel anyway, so why hide it? 

If you have feelings that you believe are wrong or disrespectful, acknowledge that, and ask God to help you work through these emotions. I believe He has grace for us when we lay ourselves bare before Him. 

  1. Reach out to help others.

Like I said earlier, it’s easy to focus on ourselves in this period. I totally get that. And I do think it’s important for us to find healing for ourselves first before we can feel like we can minister to others. 

But we still want to help others who are in need either physically, emotionally, spiritually, or financially. Will it be easy? Nope, it won’t. But I do think that is what we are called to do. 

  1. Find support groups. 

As bad of a rep as social media gets, there are some benefits to using it such as Facebook groups. As crazy as it might sound, I have received support and encouragement from people in Facebook groups. There are so many to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find a group catering to your specific needs. If you’re dealing with the pain of being single there are Facebook groups for that. If you need Christian encouragement and you can’t find that from the people around you there are Facebook groups for that.

And of course, there are also churches that have life groups and support groups for a myriad of issues that you might be facing. Do a Google search for groups in your area and see what pops up!

  1. Find a Christian counselor.

Something else that was greatly helpful to me and my period of depression was getting a Christian counselor. I resisted the idea for a long time because I was too afraid to face the emotions that I was dealing with. 

I cried so much during my first therapy session, but I knew the only way I would ever heal would be by getting help. 

I encourage you to talk to a therapist about the rejection and loneliness you feel. Besides providing you with a listening and sympathetic ear, they will also equip you with the tools you need to overcome this challenge and get through to the other side!

Meditate on all of God’s mercies and understanding as you spend a few relaxing moments having fun coloring this beautiful FREE printable coloring page!

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Dear friend, I and many others have walked the road you’re on, including your Savior! While knowing this may not take away your pain, I pray that it will help you see a light at the end of the tunnel, and know that one day the pain you’re in now will subside. Meditate on these Bible verses about rejection and loneliness and know that God will be there to see you through!

About the Author – Nicky Johnson

Nicky Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started her blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don’t know where to start.

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