Added: Amberley Silvey - Date: 30.09.2021 20:37 - Views: 32641 - Clicks: 8693
Christians are not immune to this, so how should we address low self-esteem or coming alongside friends who fight this ongoing battle? There are many reasons why we might have low self-esteem.
Quite often, our mental health can skew our perspectives, and medical input may be needed to help. It is like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound. So, what is the alternative? The first thing to consider is the aim or the goal. Where do we want to end up from a place of low self-esteem? For the world, it is simple: self-confidence, a self-esteem boost. This can be a body image standard, beauty, accomplishments, status, or skills. The source of insecurity is that you have not measured up to whatever you perceive to be the goal in that particular area.
You may have a low view of yourself because you feel that you are not beautiful; in that situation, the measure of worth is beauty, and a standard of beauty has not been met, leading to low self-esteem. This le to bondage. Whatever standard you have not measured up to, whether created by society, peers, family, or yourself, you are in bondage to that. Your worth and value are measured by other people in what is, in effect, people-pleasing. You keep trying to measure up to all these standards in order to get your worth and feel good about yourself.
The Bible calls this the fear of man, and it often le to despair. Because the standards are always shifting, and it is never enough.
When we try to measure up to society and others, and the burden grows heavy, some people decide to create their own measure or standard of worth. I am just going to do me. This is often reflected in current popular culture with the message of self-empowerment. The Bible warns about self-obsession and liberates us from all of this.
We are encouraged to not put our confidence in the flesh Phil. The moment you believe the Good News of what God has done for you in Christ, his perfect performance is given to you as if it belonged to you, and you are given a new status, adopted into his family.
The only person whose opinion counts looks at you and says: chosen, holy, precious, treasured possession because of Christ 1 Pet. This is radically different from how the world deals with this. It makes sense for the world, because in a universe without God, the solution for low self-esteem is self-confidence based on the values it creates to give worth and meaning. But for the Christian, the Gospel gives what Tim Keller calls the freedom of self-forgetfulness, which is freedom from self-occupation for rest found in Christ.
Here is the difference for the Christian: self-confidence is not the goal, God-confidence is. We can say with the Apostle Paul that we count earthly confidence as loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Phil.
The shaky confidence the world holds so dear is nothing compared to the unshakable confidence that we have in Christ. Run to him and rest in him. No code needed. But as Christians, we need another goal, a bigger and a better goal. Quick affirmations sound empowering, but they lead to a cycle of dissatisfaction and an endless preoccupation with self. They are solutions separated from our Creator God. Share on.God and self confidence
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Christian Self-Confidence: Why It’s Essential and How to Get It