The Dangers of Self-Esteem

July 4, 2008

Self-esteem is a lucrative business. There are countless self-help books and seminars devoted to the topic. Just look at the hundreds of books lining the shelves at your local bookstore and library. You could spend years reading all of them or you could spend a few quiet moments reading the only self-help book you’ll ever need, the Bible.

If we were to spend time with the Bible, we would learn that:

Alone we are condemned to the world. In Christ there is no condemnation.
Romans 8:1

Alone we are hopeless. In Christ there is hope.
I Corinthians 15:9, Ephesians 1:12

Alone there is death. In Christ there is life.
John 20:31, Romans 6:1,

Alone we are nothing. In Christ we are a friend of the King and children of God.
John 15:13, I John 1:3

Alone there is nothing. In Christ there is eternal life.
Romans 6:23

Alone we are lacking. In Christ we are complete.
Col 2:10

Alone we can do nothing. In Christ we can do all things.
Phil 4:13

Alone we are empty. In Christ we have love.
2 Tim 1:13, Rom 8:39

Alone there is deception. In Christ there is truth.
Rom 9:1

Have you read the newspapers today? Sin is thriving. Parents are killing their children for revenge against their spouses. Men and women are fornicating with so many different partners that no one knows who the real parents of their child are. Wars are raging. Pain abounds. This world is on a fast track to destruction and believing in ourselves won’t save anybody.

The devil is self-esteem’s biggest supporter. If we spend all our time and energy developing our own self-esteem then we will come to the false conclusion that we don’t need Jesus. We’ll be so caught up in ourselves that we will follow our own dreams and our own will. We’ll lose sight of having someone else to give account to. We’ll be able to decide what’s right and what’s wrong. We’ll be advocates of situation ethics and the devil will love it! He’ll support us 100%! We’ll be able to do anything and everything we want to do! Isn’t self-esteem great?

Who Do You Believe In?

Remember, believing in ourselves can only take us so far but believing in Christ and doing His Will can take us all the way to Heaven.

Believe in Jesus. He believes in you.

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6 Comments Add your own

  •    Bob Bliss  |  July 4th, 2008 at 7:00 pm     Reply

    Paula, your good discussion reminds me of the 80s when we were told to “love self.” It was taught as though Jesus commanded it. Love God, love neighbor, love self. Yet, as someone pointed out, Jesus said on these 2 commandments (not 3) hang all the Law and the Prophets.

    On my blog is this quote, “The fundamental problem with most of us is not deficient self-esteem but inadequate divine-esteem. (Daniel Block)”

  •    Kathy  |  July 5th, 2008 at 5:21 pm     Reply

    The “love self” idea as a command is still being promoted. I’ve mostly heard it in women’s classes/retreats, though, not so much from the pulpit.

    Thanks for writing this, Paula!

  •    AncientWanderer  |  July 5th, 2008 at 8:27 pm     Reply

    My mantra to those who want to discuss “esteem issues” is-

    “People who worry about having low self esteem… don’t need to worry.”

    I blame it all on Oprah ;p. She’s always getting people to “do things for themselves”.

    But it is a fact that we think we NEED to have a vacation. We NEED the weekend off. We NEED some time for ourselves. We NEED to take care of ourselves sometimes.

    I have to fight the “what about me-ism” from time to time.

    There is nothing more selfish or self-centered than a baby AND WE GO ON FROM THERE.

  •    laymond  |  July 7th, 2008 at 3:55 am     Reply

    Mt:22:39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    Bob he don’t command us to love ourself, but he tells us to love our neighbor in the same way we love ourself, wouldn’t it be hard to love our neighbor in the same way we don’t love ourself?

  •    Bob Bliss  |  July 8th, 2008 at 2:18 am     Reply

    Laymond, self-love is a given. Many of us don’t “like” ourselves or some aspect about ourselves. Fact is almost all of us “love” ourselves. The passage you quote is assuming self-love because that is the basis for how we treat our neighbors.

  •    Matthew  |  July 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm     Reply

    For those who are feeling lonely, these are comforting words. Great Job.

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