Sometimes we accept ungodly philosophies because they're overwhelmingly attractive to our fallen human nature.
One of these is the self-esteem philosophy. Below are six self-esteem beliefs and the Bible verses that refute each one.
1. It makes us believe we're victims when we choose to sin.
1 John 1:8-10. See Victims or Victors.
2. It makes us think that feeling bad about our sins is wrong--"we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves."
James 4:7-10. See When Down is Up.
3. It encourages us to praise ourselves.
Proverbs 27:2. See I'm Awesome, You're Awesome.
4. It makes us underplay the importance of holiness.
Hebrews 12:14-17. See Friendly Fire.
5. It makes us think we and our children are praiseworthy when we've done nothing praiseworthy.
Luke 17:7-10. See Research Shows Dangers.
6. It makes us think loving ourselves is a desirable quality.
2 Timothy 3:1-5. See I Love Me.
"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought ... in humility value others above yourselves." Romans 12:3 & Philippians 2:3-4
I admit this is a reoccurring subject on Bible Love Notes. That's because I believe it has seriously affected the faith of many Christians, my own included. And it's something I feel God wants me to write about. If you'd like to read more thorough explanations of how this false philosophy contradicts Scripture, check out my Self-Esteem Archive.
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