Thinking more about yourself is not the path to freedom. The self-esteem agenda demands that you turn your thoughts onto yourself. The Bible has a counterintuitive message: The more God thoughts you have, the freer you will be.
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Self-esteem is a call to admire yourself. It is one of the most damaging concepts propagated in our culture.
This unbiblical teaching blinds many Christians because they believe it is the answer for people with problems, particularly those who struggle with guilt, shame, fear, or insecurity.
From a biblical perspective, the term low self-esteem has some inherent problems. For example, if low self-esteem were the problem with an individual, the solution would be to elevate your self-admiration.
Thinking about yourself more would lead to more painful self-consciousness or delusions of grandeur–thinking you are somebody when in reality, we’re all hopeless, apart from the grace of God (Romans 3:10-12).
One of the deceptions of self-esteem is to spend more time thinking about yourself when thoughts of yourself already consume you. Jesus came to rescue you from yourself, not to turn you into yourself. Looking inward to elevate your estimation of yourself will lead you to dizzying disappointment.
The solution to this dilemma is an ever-increasing awareness that you are naked before God and that He must clothe you in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (John 8:36).
Time to Reflect
How does God’s salvation free you from introspection while releasing you to love Him and others well?
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