Self Esteem and Spiritual Perspectives

Ralph Waldo Emerson has stated:

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.

Malcolm S. Forbes declared:

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Those promoting self-esteem proclaim we must be of value to ourselves in order to be able to love others, but Jesus never commanded us to love ourselves; rather, we are told we must love others. He said:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Notice, that despite what many conclude, there is no third command to love yourself. Rather, Jesus knows we already have a bent toward self-interest and love of ourselves.

His command is that we are to love others with this same diligence and dedication.

Low self-esteem and lacking comfort within ourselves, is best remedied by an intimate relationship with our Creator and Redeemer, Whose love and sacrifice for us validates our self-worth, irrespective of what others say, think and do.

Abiding in Christ uplifts the spirit like no other elixir, medicine or therapy.

Serving others, paradoxically from a human standpoint, is what gives us super-human power and strength–not boasting, pride—or self affirmation.

One of the keys to contentment—and having the assurance of eternal life, is to be MERCIFUL toward others:

But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the ungrateful and evil.

Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36

The parallel text to Luke 6:36, found in Matthew 5:48 affirms:

Therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48

Many Christians get caught up in worry regarding the idea of having to be “perfect” to be fit for heaven.

Only in Christ may we be perfect
. Only in Christ are we capable of extending mercy and love toward those who are “enemies.”

But with God, in Christ, all things are possible.

If we are merciful as is our Father in Heaven, though we are sinners, we have manifested the perfection that glorifies His Name, making us sons and daughters of The Most High–and our salvation is certain.

Spiritual Perspectives

John A. Fallone is the Founder, Biz Dev. Consultant and CEO of Traininguru and InterpersonalTechnologyGroup.com

He is also a student of the Bible–and routinely claims the many Powerful Promises contained within its pages.

The reaction to God’s powerful promises in Bible times was interesting. The people chosen by God to do something special for Him were people who chose to believe Him when He made a promise. See: http://www.powerfulpromises.com/

 

The Last Supper

Sometimes we do not realize how “heavy” things are…

It is noteworthy that during what many Christians refer to as The Last Supper, after Jesus washed His disciple’s feet, He told them solemnly:

“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” Luke 22:15.

He then said: “… for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:16.

Jesus referenced the bread and wine as emblems of His body and blood that would soon be shed…and that soon one of them would betray Him into the hands of those who would in fact cause His death.

In the neighborhood where I grew up, we would have at least thought to ourselves, man–this is heavy.

One would think that Jesus’ inner circle of followers would be in awe and recognize what a “heavy” occasion this was.

And yet, just moments later, the Scriptures record:

And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. Luke 22:24

And Jesus said to them:

“The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. Luke 22:25-26

There is much discussion in churches today about the need for revival. Revival is great.  But revival cannot and will not occur until and unless we are willing to serve, to love and to forgive one another.

Just like what Jesus said to Peter in the context of Luke 22:31-32

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith would not fail: and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren.

Brothers and sisters, the devil wants to sift us all as wheat. And we make it easier for him as we remain stubborn, proud–and surrendered NOT to Jesus–but rather, shackled to the whims of our old nature.

Let us pray for each other, for our families and friends, as Jesus prayed for Peter, that we all may be more fully converted, through the Power of the Holy Spirit, that we may strengthen, encourage and:

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36

 

One Response to “Spiritual Perspectives”

  1. Josh Says:

    Intense!


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