Here are the 30 most uplifting Bible scriptures on backsliding.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful,’ declares the Lord; ‘I will not be angry forever.'”
“Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.” Behold, we come to you, for you are the Lord our God.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Peter 2:20
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
2 Timothy 4:10
For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
“My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all.”
“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.”
“I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”
“Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the Lord now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?”
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you.
“Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you,” declares the Lord God of hosts.
“I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”
“Return, O faithless children,” declares the Lord; “for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”
“How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encircles a man.”
Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
“If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
“And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.”
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.