Overcoming Low Self-Esteem
Do you struggle with overcoming low self-esteem? I know that I do and for some very good reasons, one of which is that there is not much to esteem. Face it, I make mistakes. I can’t balance my checkbook, I accidentally drop things, and I get lost on the way to almost anywhere. I make mistakes. I am a “mistaker.”
As a “mistaker,” I need help. I need a calculator for adding, a ready replacement for the things I break, and a map so that I never get lost again. Add a therapist, a physician, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, and a cheerleader and I could almost manage my life. Almost.
But if that weren’t bad enough for my self-esteem, the truth is that I am more than a “mistaker.” I’ve been know to tell ‘little white lies’ so that others will like me. I lose my temper with my children, and I covet my neighbor’s house. These are not mistakes. They are sins. I am a sinner. I have sinned against man and I have sinned against God. Neither teacher nor therapist can help me with this. I need a Savior who can save me from my sins.
Praise God. He knew this. He didn’t just send a healer, a listener, or a fixer, He sent us a Savior. He won’t just help us, He’ll rescue us. I John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (NIV).
As a sinner, if I confess my sins, I am forgiven. This is an amazing thought. But believe it or not, the immeasurable grace of God goes even further than that. Read II Corinthians 5:21: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (NIV).
The path to over-coming low self-esteem is found in a very unlikely place. The cross. Christ not only died my death, He also lived a perfect life and credits that life, those good deeds, to my account. God isn’t just overlooking my sin. He sees me clothed with Christ, perfect, compassionate, loving, worthy, true, and faithful to the end.
That fateful day on the cross, all my selfishness, pettiness, lying, cheating, over-indulging, and insufferable pride were placed on Jesus for public display. And at that same time, He took His love, compassion, honesty, faithfulness, and more and gave them to me to wear forever. It is the great exchange.
This surety is better than a fleeting boost of self-esteem. It is the eternal gift of God-esteem and that will never go away.
- I am forgiven.
- I am declared righteous.
- I am accepted.
- I am beautiful.
- God loves me even as He loves Jesus.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! II Cor. 5:17 (NLT)
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