THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF SELF-ESTEEM*
Versus the Extreme "Wrong" & the Extreme "Right"

"Low" Self-Esteem

"No" Self-Esteem

"High" Self-Esteem

Self-degradation
(false humility)
No self-concern
(true humility)
Self-aggrandizement
(pride)
Focus: Self (self-hate) Focus: God and others Focus: Self (self-love)
Result: Fear and Hiding;
"Low" self-image;
Destructive -- serve self
Result: Worship God;
Biblical view of self;
Productive -- serve God and others
Result: Pride;
"Good" self-image;
Destructive -- serve self

1 Cor. 9:19
Matt. 22:37-40
Jn. 15:13
Lev. 19:18
Deut. 6:4

* Source: The Danger of Self-Love, by Paul Brownback (MBI:1982; 1987)


Biblical Discernment Ministries - 10/98

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