The Bible speaks directly to those who intend to harm themselves, which is encouraging those who frequently find themselves immersed in darkness.

There are Scriptures that address hopelessness and self-harm. The despairing is given hope by these verses, the sad are given God’s perspective rather than their own gloomy one, and light is shone into dark places.


15 Bible verses for self harm

Truth, hope, and encouragement can be found in God’s Word for both people who self-harm and those who have a friend or loved one going through self-harming habits.

We become children of God when we put our confidence in Him (John 1:12–13).


We receive forgiveness for all of our sins (Ephesians 1:3–10) and the Holy Spirit is given to us to reside within us (Ephesians 1:13–14).

The following verses should be engraved on your heart if you believe that you are harming yourself.


 1 Corinthians 3:16

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?-

1 Corinthians 3:16


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The Temple, according to Jesus, is the legitimate sanctuary of the true God.

Our body as the temple of God is a link between earth and heaven, paving the way for ascension from the worldly to the celestial.

As a believer, God’s spirit dwells within us, because he has given us his Spirit, we know that we live in him and he lives in us.

And we have seen and testified that the Father sent his Son to be the world’s Savior.

Leviticus 19:28

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.-

Leviticus 19:28

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Pagans had a tradition of cutting people’s flesh when they passed away, including members of the royal family.

For a monarch, they would shave the hair all over, slash the arms, and inflict wounds on the forehead and nose. etc.

God’s warnings focused primarily on the practices of those cultures because God anticipated that the Israelites would be tempted to appropriate the cultures they were supposed to replace.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.-

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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As Christians, God owns our physical bodies; it belongs to Him. God is the owner.

He built our body, and He expects us to take care of it the way He intended.

The Bible says, “The body is not meant for sexual gratification but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:13

God paid a price to deliver us from the meaningless existence that our ancestors left behind.

Furthermore, it wasn’t paid in pure gold or silver, which depreciate in value.

It was made of the priceless blood of Jesus, the immaculate and blameless Lamb of God. — 1 Peter 1:18–19:

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?-

1 Corinthians 3:16

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For God’s unique use, our bodies are meant to be holy tools, unfortunately, we frequently abuse and/or mistreat our bodies, as well as exploit them for bad intentions.

We often take our bodies for granted. This shouldn’t be the case.

Apostle Paul uses this passage to characterize the local church, he likened them to a field that he and Apollos were working on as God’s laborers, planting and watering.

Then, he compared their congregation of Christians to a building being built by various professors and leaders on top of the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Paul is attempting to convey to his readers as well as the Corinthian church that they are one body and that God’s Spirit is within them when he compares them to the temple of God.

Romans 8:9

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.-

Romans 8:9

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Born-again Christians have received the indwelling Holy Spirit as well as a new, Christlike nature – the new, born-again life of Christ.

The old sinful nature is to remain nailed to the Cross, in the place of death, while the new nature is to increase in grace.

A saved person has a new nature, the nature of Christ, which can only accomplish things that are pleasing to the Lord.

An unsaved man lacks the Spirit of Christ and can only function from his carnal nature (the realm of the flesh), which cannot please God.

Having a spiritual mindset brings life and serenity, whilst having a carnal mindset keeps us at odds with our heavenly father.

When we put our faith in Him for salvation, we receive a new nature as born-again believers.

Furthermore, even while we can still accomplish “good” deeds via our sinful nature, which might please others, they cannot and do not please God.

Being spiritually focused Christians, as opposed to carnally minded believers, is our vocation and ministry as God’s children.

Bible Verses for depression and self harm

Our first response should be to look to Jesus and recall who we are in Christ whenever worrisome thoughts or temptations to sin begin to overwhelm us.

But far too frequently, we let our anxious thoughts drive us into a pit of despair. Mind control is a conscious choice.

It takes conscious self-will on our part to decide to control our ideas. Here are a few verses from the Bible to help you take control of your mind.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.-

Deuteronomy 31:8

Deuteronomy 31_8

“Do not be afraid or discouraged,” was the word of encouragement given to Israel as they prepared to cross the Jordan, and it is a promise that generally applies to the church as a whole till this Present age.

It is wise to rely on God’s Word, He has vowed to go before us, to guide us, and to prepare the road as we go.

He has vowed to accompany us on our journey through life and to stick by us no matter what happens, even when we are being disobedient.

God has vowed to never abandon us and to take us with Him into eternity one day. So why fret?

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.-

Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4_8

This chapter serves as a reminder that the best response to anxious thoughts is to place all of our anxieties in the hands of Jesus and to bring all of our needs, wants, worries, and cares before the Lord in prayer, with thanksgiving and praise.

We must focus on positive things so that we can feel better and continue to be appreciative.

Focusing on things that are good and true, honorable and pure, righteous, and virtuous points us to Christ, who alone is good and true, honorable and pure, righteous, and virtuous.

All of these qualities are the fruit of the Spirit.

Genesis 28:15

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.-

Genesis 28:15

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It’s verses like these that I love, why worry when you serve a God, who from the beginning has stood fast on his promises?

Doesn’t this make us happy within and give us the confidence that His promises and commitment will be kept just as steadfastly and unquestionably fulfilled?

Should this not give us comfort, knowing that His calling and gifts to the Church will endure for all time?

The promise made to Jacob that evening would be passed down to his unborn children, who would eventually become Israel, the Lord’s chosen people.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.-

Galatians 5:22

Galatians 5_22

God has decorated us with the fruit of the Holy Spirit so long as we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us.

A Christian’s life shows strong and fruitful results from living in the Spirit. in other words, living a truly Christian life automatically frees us from the shackles of depression and self-harm.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-

Philippians 4:13

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You feel like you can’t cling to God when you’re depressed. similar to how powerless and helpless you are.

Good news, God is hanging onto you, so you don’t need to do either. He will support you with his holy hand when you fall. He will make you stronger while you are weak.

You can be confident that God has a solid grip on you even if you don’t have faith in your own salvation.

Your motivation might be drained by depression, which can make it seem nearly hard to do even the simplest chores.

However, this verse serves as a reminder that Christ is always by your side. You can discover the strength to endure even the most trying circumstances through him.

What does the Bible say about self-hatred

What, specifically, does the Bible say about God? God is the Creator, all-powerful, all-knowing, and constantly present.

He is also holy, just, gracious, kind, and compassionate. God never changes. God’s ways are higher than ours, and what He desires via His Word is accomplished.

God keeps his promises. Because God is love, He loves you. Simply said, self-hatred is incompatible with this reality.

Is self-harm a deadly sin?

Christians should take pride in the fact that we are God’s property and as such, Your body is therefore not your own; rather, it belongs to Him and serves as the Holy Spirit’s temple.

Do you honestly believe that God approves of your destruction of His temple? As long as a person sincerely rejects God and His law and goes away from what is right, that person is said to be sinning.

what does the bible say about putting yourself in harm’s way

Proverbs 4:14-17 explains that we should stay away from the path of the wicked; don’t even go near it.
Turn around and go another way. The wicked cannot sleep until they have done something evil. They will not rest until they bring someone down. Evil and violence are their food and drink.
“The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death” Psalm 37:32.
Solomon encourages people to seek wisdom, keep good company, and stay on the proper pathways of goodness and truth.
He makes reference to his message because of his relationship with the people he was speaking to and because of the nature of his advice, which was helpful and profitable.

What does God say about self-care

Jesus commanded us to have a complete love for the Lord and a neighborly love for our fellow human beings. This is frequently paraphrased.

However, if we actually think about it, we are being told to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Now, how are we supposed to express love to others if we don’t take care of ourselves?

Bible verses on self-protection

The first consideration for a believer of Christ should be what the Lord has to say about the matter at hand, including any necessary measures for self-defense.

The following Bible verses contain specific statements and illustrations of God’s devoted followers defending themselves and others, as well as other passages that are pertinent to self-protection.

Isaiah 49:25

But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.-

Isaiah 49:25

Let us not forget God as our ultimate protector. In Isaiah 49:25, God promises to completely slay our adversaries and captors and make them consume their own flesh and drink their own blood as if it were wine.

This demonstrates to all people that God is our Savior, Redeemer, and Source of our Strength.

Luke 11:21

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are secure.-

Luke 11:21

Our adversary wants to make us feel humiliated and defeated. A Believer should never forget that he is engaged in a fight against evil.

He must constantly be vigilant and on guard in order to defend what he treasures.

The enemy only wants to ruin our houses,  If, given the chance, our opponent will deprive us of all defenses before abandoning us bleeding and defenseless by the path of life.

Romans 12:17

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.-

Romans 12:17

This verse instructs us to exercise restraint when harm is done to us; self-protection does not include retaliating at the slightest opportunity.

Let’s decide to seize the chance to show that we are honorable persons in Christ at that time.

After all, we must first have the chance to forgive before we can show others the love and forgiveness of Christ.

By choosing to live in service to God rather than our own interests, we make a significant statement when we do this.

Self-harm Bible Study

Self-harm is a widespread problem that can be challenging to address since it frequently results from a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and actions.

Understanding the Bible is a powerful tool in the fight against self-harm, remember, God’s promises are always fulfilled, and the comfort He provides truly heals us.

I hope this article has inspired you to commit these verses to memory so that you can use them anytime you encounter a difficult situation.


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