Godly Self-Esteem Page 2
5 Biblical Principles to improve your self-esteem
4. God is your judge, not anyone else. Since that is true, when others criticize you, you can take it in stride, even if it is unwarranted (See 1 Corinthians 4:4). But examine yourself first. If you are at fault, then it is your privilege to accept correction graciously, knowing that God often uses others to show us where we need to change. Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” But remember, the Bible also says, “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently” (1 Peter 2:20). So regardless of whether the criticism is justified or not, if you submit your will to God, you can handle it with grace.
5. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Because you are loved by God, you can survive even if it seems that everyone else hates you. Many people hated Jesus and disapproved of Him, but that didn’t stop Him from living in a way that pleased God. He knew God loved Him. Because He trusted in God’s unchanging love for Him, He could face the abuse. He did not hide from people or quit doing what He needed to do when He knew that others hated Him and said bad things about Him. He will give you strength to carry on even when it seems like everyone hates you and disapproves.iv Finally, remember that nothing can change your value to God. Jesus said that God, who notices everything, knows every detail about you and still He loves you with an everlasting love: Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:6-7; NKJV).