Today, we are not just talking about self-esteem, we are talking about biblical self-esteem. I had never seen these two words paired together before until now. So lets unpack this.
Here’s what the two words mean separately:
self-es·teem [self-i-steem] –noun A realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect. confidence.
Bib·li·cal [bib-li-kuhl] –adjective Of or in the Bible, in accord with the Bible.
So, mending these two words together? I see: Confidence of who I am according to scripture. That is what defines me and gives me my value.
The opposite of this would be what we are surrounded with in our society and how the “world” describes self-esteem to be; self-love, self-promotion and self-glorification. Our materialistic 21st century tends to grasp onto the temporal. Such as, how much money one has, how successful one is, what kind of car one drives, how attractive one’s face and figure is, etc.
Biblical self-esteem says that how the world defines you…
does. not. matter.
In his book, Exploring Christianity – Self-Esteem, Dick Tripp unpacks this beautifully…
“The kind of self-esteem we have been talking about is one where you know you have been totally forgiven and fully accepted by the God who planned your existence. It involves a growing awareness of your infinite value to him. It is a self-esteem that enables you to accept unashamedly your strengths and weaknesses, and your capabilities. It includes an awareness that God is transforming you from the inside out and the assurance that one day you will be everything that God has planned and all that you could desire. It invites the challenge that, now being comfortable with yourself, you can now focus your attention on God’s purpose for your life and how best you can do your bit to meet the many needs that you will find in the world around you.”
I’m very intentional about affirming my nuggets, encouraging them to embrace their God-given gifts and talents — but the enemy has a way of creeping into their minds. His schemes and plans are to steal, kill, and destroy. We cannot take this battle for our children lightly. By understanding who we are ourselves, in Christ, as His beloved son’s and daughter’s we will be able to better sow seeds of truth into our kids.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
I pray, “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. And Father, help me to continue to see and embrace for myself who I am in you so I can be a better example for my children. Amen.”
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