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Self-Esteem and Our Relationship with God

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Dean Butler

The saying goes, "If God doesn't say it about you, then quit saying it about yourself." This simple yet profound statement underscores the importance of our self-perception in our relationship with God. Let's explore how poor self-esteem can affect us and our connection with God, drawing insights from scripture to shed light on this crucial aspect of our faith journey.

Poor self-esteem can indeed stem from emotional wounds that have not healed. When we carry the weight of past hurts, it can deeply impact how we view ourselves and our relationship with God. These wounds act as filters through which we perceive God's love and acceptance. For example, if someone didn't experience love from their parents, they might struggle to believe that God loves them. If left unaddressed, they can cloud our understanding of our worthiness of God's grace and forgiveness, leading to feelings of unworthiness and shame.

Scripture affirms the inherent value and worth of every individual as creations of God. Psalm 139:14 declares, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." This verse reminds us that we are intricately fashioned by God's hands, and He delights in us just as we are. Embracing this truth can counteract feelings of inadequacy and help us see ourselves through God's eyes.

Furthermore, poor self-esteem can hinder our ability to fully receive God's love and blessings. Doubts about our worthiness can create barriers to experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promised. In John 10:10, Jesus says, "I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly." Yet, when we struggle with low self-esteem, we may shy away from God's blessings, believing ourselves unworthy of His favor.

Moreover, poor self-esteem can hinder our ability to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. Insecurities and self-doubt can hold us back, making it hard to take steps of faith and serve others confidently, including sharing our faith with them. Yet, Ephesians 2:10 assures us, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Recognizing our value as God's handiwork empowers us to embrace our calling and live with purpose and passion.

It is important to understand that poor self-esteem can have detrimental effects on our relationship with God, hindering our ability to fully experience His love, blessings, and purpose for our lives. However, by anchoring our identity in God's truth and embracing our inherent worth as His beloved children, we can overcome feelings of inadequacy and walk in confidence and freedom. As we cultivate a healthy self-esteem grounded in God's love, may we live out our faith boldly, knowing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  Email Dean:

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