The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image by Jay E. AdamsWho am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Familiar questions in our day and age. But has our search for answers led us too far in the wrong direction: away from our true position in Christ and toward a dangerous emphasis on self?
Recent decades have seen the rise of a powerful and influential movement within the church. Identified by labels such as “self-image,” “self-esteem,” “self-worth,” and “self-love,” this movement has one common denominator—the emphasis on self. Regardless of religious persuasion, everyone seems to be fighting what they perceive to be a shared enemy: low self-esteem.
Now well-known biblical counselor and noted author Jay Adams brings much-needed clarification to the area of self-esteem and offers the church and every believer a truly biblical view of self.
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Did Jesus Say I Must “Love Myself” First?
The Bible actually has quite a bit to say about self-confidence, self-worth, and self-respect. The Good Book informs us that self-worth is given to us from God. He provides us with strength and all that we need to live a godly life. When we're looking for direction , it helps to know who we are in Christ. With this knowledge, God gives us the self-assurance we need to walk the path he has provided for us.
Biblical love is selfless and unconditional, whereas the world's love is story as an illustration of what it means to love one's neighbor as one's self (verse 27).
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Did Jesus make loving yourself a third commandment?
This question may feel like gooey self-help silliness, or the manifestation of a narcissistic culture. After all, isn't one of the problems today that people love themselves too much, and love others not enough? Isn't self-love the root of greed and abuse, and doesn't loving oneself mean complacency and an end of the desire to change and improve? The truth is, however, that most of us do not love ourselves nearly well enough, and this is the cause of so much of the pain that is inflicted on others. When seen though a clear lens, "Do I love myself? In order to understand this we must first understand the true nature of love. We usually think that love is simply a feeling that arises from an attraction that can change or disappear over time.