Be careful because Satan twists Scripture!
God: Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).
Satan: You can't love others until you first love (i.e. esteem) yourself.
Error: Loving others doesn't mean admiring them. It means treating them as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). In fact, we're commanded to deny ourselves and treat others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4; Matthew 16:24).
When we focus on God and others, we have a healthier self-esteem.
God: Dwell on what's good (Philippians 4:8).
Satan: Dwell on what's good about yourself and you'll be a better person.
Error: The purpose of this verse is peace and gratefulness, not self-esteem (Philippians 4:9). We become better people by humbly admitting our sins, asking God's help, and being honest about our weaknesses (Romans 12:3; James 4:10).
Satan tempted Eve by telling her she'd be like God, and selfishness has reigned in the human heart ever since (Genesis 3:5).
Let's seek to honor God first and foremost and beware of selfish interpretations of Scripture (Matthew 6:33).
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