Thursday, January 23, 2014

The World Teaches Self-Esteem but All It is Is Narcissism, the Golden Rule is The Real Solution

 We have three direction in which we relate, we relate to our Creator, we relate to other people and we relate to ourselves. Having the right perspective about all 3 of them is extremely important. We need to have things in the proper balance and organized as God would want them to be.

#1, God simple has to be number one. If we are disciples of Christ, we have to deny self and take up our cross so we know we cannot put ourselves first, but Jesus also mentions how we must not love mother or father or brother more than Him so others must also find themselves UNDER God on our list of priorities. If there is a conflict between your neighbors will, and God's will-you need to choose God's every time!

#2, Our perspective on our own Self must be appropriate. We must realize that we are valuable not only because we are created in the image of God but also because we are redeemed by a high price, the blood of Jesus Christ and we are His possession. Therefore being a good steward of your own self, is simply taking care of a prized possession of God. So having dignity and being responsible isn't selfish, it is respecting your owner, God. 

And when we do not respect ourselves, that bad perspective usually leaks into our relationships with others. In other words, those who don't respect themselves usually don't respect anyone else either, and we know, according to the Scriptures we are supposed to be kind, courteous and charitable to others. 

#3, Others. We are to love our neighbor. We are to esteem others better than ourselves. A godly life is a life of service, kindness, hospitality, mutual respect and love. We need to treat others as we would like to be treated. We need to be honest with others. We need to be gentle with others. We need to be considerate of others.

If you realize that God is of the utmost value and worthy of all worship, that we are valuable because we belong to God and that others are valuable because they are His creations and He loves them, then all of our relationships, our self-image and our daily interactions in this world, will be what they are supposed to be.