Self Esteem: It simply means believing in yourself, believing in your own worth and abilities, having self respect.
Self esteem is a very important aspect in each and everyone’s life. Its very important we learn how to love our selves and believe in our self, because this will determine a lot of things in our lives, in our work places and even in our relationships.
Most of the people today have low self esteem issues because of what life has thrown to them, but its very important for us to overcome this things that life has thrown at us and base our life in the truth which is the word of God.
Most of the people who have low self esteem issues are those who have had a ; bad child hood where the people surrounding them were full of critics. From parents back at home to teachers in school. I remember growing up when I came home with average or bad grades my mother used to compare me to the neighbours kids, ” why are you not like so and so?” So part of my life I grew up comparing myself to people/ friends, wanting to be like them and if I couldn’t fit or achieve what they have achieved it was hard for me to interact with them or raise an opinion before them because I felt they were better than me.
Until I gave my life to God and based my life to the word of God which made me realize I’m unique in my own way, fearfully and wonderfully made, and everything created by God is good.
The other factors that can cause low self esteem is; financial problems and even going through stress like, relationship problems. etc.
Ways to overcome low self-esteem.
1. Ask God to restore it; Because God created us with it, but we allowed what life throw at us affect us and lower our self esteem.
2nd Timothy 1:7; For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power love and self control.
Mathew 11:28; If you are tired from carrying heavy burden come to me and I will give you rest.
2. Build your confidence by reading the word of God. Its good to have confidence in yourself, knowing that the Lord created you in your own uniques way, by this you are able to stop comparing yourself to others.
Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Proverbs 31:25; she is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.
3. Forgive your past, as they say forgiveness is the only thing that sets us free. ” Forgive us our trespass as we forgive those who trespass against us”. Before we ask for forgiveness we are supposed to forgive. Not just others but also ourselves.
2nd Corinthians 5:17; anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten and everything is new.
4. Learn to say no. Your worth should not depend on peoples approval. The people who truly love you will love you anyways regardless of what you do for them.
According to psalms 62:5-6; only God gives inward peace and I depend on him. God alone is the almighty rock that keeps me safe and the fortress where I feel secure.
Love yourself , Believe in yourself.
Because besides God, yourself is the only thing you have.