Response to Self-Esteem

Why should we have self-esteem? There is no Biblical foundation for this. One could argue that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, (Psalm 139:14) but, in context (Psalm 139), is that really talking about self-esteem? Or is it focused more on God’s transcendent power as Creator and Sustainer? I think more fitting would be the verse that states our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). There is nothing in and of ourselves that is worthy of true esteem unless Christ is in us. And even if He is, why would we esteem ourselves? We can instead esteem Him and recognize His value. This could be referred to as “God-esteem.” This seems to be a Biblical response to “man/self-esteem” which is so prevalent in our western culture today.

Author: John

I am the Senior IT AV Systems Design Engineer in the department of Enterprise AV Services, part of the Division of Information Technology at University of North Georgia. That means I design, install, and maintain anything that is audio visual: projectors, sound systems, control systems, cameras, lighting, Crestron, Polycom, Extron, Yamaha, Dante, Hitachi, Sony, NEC, and any other techy-sounding thing. I am also the deacon of technology at Christ Family Church in Dahlonega, GA. All in house technology (audio, video, lighting, etc.) is under my care. I attended North Georgia College and State University (now UNG, where I work) for my undergraduate work in Music Performance. I’m also a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where I obtained a Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling. I’m married to my awesome wife (Heather) and have an awesome family (Jack, Debbie, Hannah, Levi, and Emmeline)!

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