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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The Bible and Self-Esteem
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What does the Bible say about? For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:.
Bible verses about Self-esteem. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you What then shall we say to these things?.
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God’s Image ... of Us
Often we put our self-worth in the type of clothes that we wear, the type of car that we drive, our accomplishments, our financial status, our relationship status, our talents, our appearance, etc. If you do this you will end up feeling broken and depressed. Allow it to come from the perfect merit of Christ. Christ is the answer to all self-worth issues that may arise in your life. You are more to God than you can ever imagine!
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. As we grow in faith, our confidence in God grows.