Self-esteem is a vital component in Christians growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18). Here are some things to remember that can help us improve our self-esteem.

Remember that we are created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26). God has given us humans something that nothing else of His creation has – spiritual qualities, mental and moral attributes, and self-consciousness. Because of this, we should always remember that we are of great worth to God. We should be like the lad who proclaimed of himself, “God don’t make no junk!”

Remember that nothing can cause God to lose His love for us (Rom. 8:38-39). God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us. As someone once noted, “If God had a refrigerator, our picture would be on it.” Let us constantly be reminded that God loves each of us immensely and considers us special.

Remember that all past sin is forgiven through Jesus (Rev. 1:5). If we have been baptized and are walking in the light (Rom. 6:3-6; 1 John 1:7), all past sins are no more in God’s eyes. Nothing can happen in our lives that would cause God to say, “I don’t want to forgive them.” God always considers us salvageable.

Remember the importance of proper thinking (Phil. 4:8; Pro. 23:7). It is true – we become what we think about. If we think we are worthless, we will find worthless things to fill our lives with. But the opposite is true, as well. There truly is power in positive thinking! Optimism is the route to proper mental health.

Remember the importance of associating with those who lift you up (1 Thess. 5:11). Fellow Chris-tians who are concerned for us will encourage, uplift, and support us. Spend much time with them and feed off of their joy and zeal. Enthusiasm is infectious.

Remember that with Christ, you can do anything (Phil. 4:13). Jesus is the One who can give us the opportunity and power to succeed. Trust fully in Him and His will for your life. Faith-fully follow Him.

There is no doubt that poor self-esteem is a major hindrance to spiritual growth. On the other hand, a proper self-esteem promotes spiritual growth. And the neat thing about this is that spiritual growth then enhances greater self-esteem.

Edd Sterchi Campbellsville, KY

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