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Scripture: Self-Esteem

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Quotations Regarding Self-Esteem a.k.a. Ego Issues


This page is divided into four sections:

  1. Unconditional Self-Esteem (USE)
  2. Positive self-esteem
  3. Negative self-esteem
  4. Humans are not self-esteem

1. UNCONDITIONAL SELF-ESTEEM (USE)—THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO VALUE FOR HUMAN BEINGS

Reasons to value human beings without any qualifications, equivocations, or conditions. That is, humans are valuable because of the reasons stated below and not because of what they do or do not do.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” —Genesis 1:27 

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” —Matthew 22:39 

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” —John 15:12 

“Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” —Romans 14:13 

“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” —I Corinthians 11:7 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” —Philippians 4:13 

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:” —Colossians 3:10 

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” —I John 3:2 


2. POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM—HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD NOT ACCEPT 

Reasons why humans should not seek to see themselves as good, but, instead, should only seek to see God as good. For instance, you cannot either be or become good for doing good.

“And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.” —II Samuel 22:28 

“He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.” —Job 5:13 

“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” —Psalms 31:20 

“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” —Psalms 40:4 

“For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.” —Psalms 59:12 

“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.” —Psalms 101:5 

“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.” —Psalms 131:1 

“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” —Psalms 138:6 

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” —Proverbs 8:13 

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” —Proverbs 11:2 

“In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.” —Proverbs 14:3 

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” —Proverbs 16:18 

“Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” —Proverbs 16:19 

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” —Proverbs 18:12 

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” —Proverbs 20:6 

“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” —Proverbs 21:24 

“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” —Proverbs 30:12 

“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]” —Ecclesiasticus 6:2 

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” —Ecclesiastes 7:8 

“Pride is hateful before God and man: and by both doth one commit iniquity.” —Ecclesiasticus 10:7 

“As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.” —Ecclesiasticus 13:20 

“The Lord only is righteous, and there is none other but he,” —Ecclesiasticus 18:2 

“O Lord, Father and God of my life, give me not a proud look, but turn away from thy servants always a haughty mind.” —Ecclesiasticus 23:4 

“A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 32:18 

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” —Isaiah 64:6 

“Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.” —Isaiah 65:5 

“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?” —Ezekiel 14:3 

“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” —Daniel 4:37 

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” —Matthew 9:13 

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39 

“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” —Matthew 19:17 

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” —Mark 10:8 

“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” —Luke 14:11 

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” —Luke 16:15 

“So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” —Luke 17:10 

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:” —Luke 18:9 

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” —Luke 18:14 

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” —Luke 18:19 

“I receive not honour from men.” —John 5:41 

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” —John 5:44 

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” —John 6:44 

“For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” —John 12:43 

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” —Acts 10:34 

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” —Romans 2:11 

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;” —Romans 3:9 

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” —Romans 3:10 

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” —Romans 7:18 

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” —Romans 10:3 

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” —Romans 11:25 

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” —Romans 12:3 

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” —Romans 12:16 

Therefore let no man glory in men.” —I Corinthians 3:21 

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” —I Corinthians 4:7 

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” —I Corinthians 5:6 

“For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.” —II Corinthians 5:12 

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” —II Corinthians 10:5 

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” —II Corinthians 10:12 

“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.–II Corinthians 10:17 

“For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” —II Corinthians 10:18 

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” —Philippians 2:3 

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” —Philippians 3:19 

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” —I Timothy 3:6 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” —James 1:17 

“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” —James 2:9 

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” —James 4:6 

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” —I Peter 5:5 

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” —I John 2:16 


3. NEGATIVE SELF-ESTEEM—HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD NOT ACCEPT 

Reasons why humans should not seek to see either themselves or each other as bad. But, instead, should see only their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as either bad or good.

“But whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” —Matthew 5:22 

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” —Luke 6:37 

“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” —Luke 13:4-5 

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” —John 5:24 

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” —Romans 8:1 

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” —Romans 14:10 

“He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His holy Spirit.” —I Thessalonians 4:8 

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” —Titus 3:2 

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” —Hebrews 12:14 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” —James 1:5 

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” —James 4:11 

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” —I Peter 2:17 

“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” —I Peter 3:9 

“Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.” —II Peter 2:11 

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” —Jude 1:9


4. HUMAN BEING ARE NOT SELF-ESTEEM

Reasons why human beings are not esteem, not ratings, not judgments, not labels, not titles, not thoughts or things. That is, more reasons not to judge yourself but only your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You are not the comparisons of your self with others.

“Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty in strength and wisdom.” —Job 36:5 

“Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?” —Proverbs 20:24 

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” —Matthew 7:1 

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” —Matthew 9:13 

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” —Matthew 22:39 

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” —Luke 16:15 

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” —John 7:24 

“Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.” —John 8:15 

“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” —John 12:47 

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” —Acts 17:26 

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” —Romans 2:1 

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” —Romans 3:20 

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” —Romans 14:10 

“For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.” —I Corinthians 4:2 

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” —I Corinthians 4:7 

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” —II Corinthians 3:5 

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” —Galatians 6:3 

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” —Philippians 3:9 

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” —James 3:17 

“There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” —James 4:12

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