Part of being a healthy person is having a healthy view of who you are and who God created you to be. In our culture we often talk about how we see ourselves through the vocabulary of self-esteem.
Having good self-esteem means having a healthy respect for who you are and what you are able to do.
What does the Bible say about self-esteem?
Psalm 139:13-14 reads, “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.”
Luke 12:7 states, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Here we see that humans are a special creation of God and that he put us together just how he wants us to be. With that being said, we can conclude that we should all have a respect for ourselves, because God created us.
Of course we know that we live in a fallen world and as a result of sin, things are not as they should be. Because of this, we often do not view ourselves the way God sees us and we question our worth and value.
Instead of beating ourselves up, we must remember that Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
When we stay focused on our identity in Christ, it is easier to remember that he has created us to do good works. He has given us the abilities and tools we need to accomplish whatever it is that he has called us to do in life.
When we lose sight of our value, we disparage ourselves. We think others will reject us because of who we are. We have no confidence in our abilities or our decision making.
On the other hand, when we have a healthy view of who we are and what we can do, we are confident, we are willing to take chances and stand up for ourselves, and we do not worry about what others think of us. We see ourselves as valuable and special.
Several ways to help ensure that we have healthy self-esteem include the following:
- Eat healthy food
- Take time to read
- Take time to pray
- Build social relationships
- Look for challenges
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