Summary: The Bible, God and “self-esteem.” Your sense of who you are should come from your relationship with Jesus, not your wealth, power, popularity or abilities. Books and online Bible studies can help you find a true, lasting sense of self-worth and purpose in life by turning to Christ instead of trying to build up “self esteem” on your own. For individuals and small groups.

Summary: Small group books and online Bible studies on ‘self-esteem’ and who you are in Christ.
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Self-image, self-worth, and “self-esteem”

Looking for Bible-based information on your self-image, self worth or “self-esteem”? These free online Bible studies and books provide biblical insights to help you see yourself as God sees you. There’s no need to try to build up your “self-esteem”! This scriptural info provides good resources for pastors, counselors, mentors and anyone else who wants to help others more effectively. Check this page—as well as other topics listed below under “More topics”—from time to time, since more studies are added periodically. For individuals and small groups.

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Self-image, self-worth, and “self-esteem”

The Bible and self-image, self worth, and “self-esteem.” See yourself as God sees you. Bible studies and books for individuals and small groups. (Visit this page to read our reprint policy.)

Bible verses about self-image, self-worth, and “self-esteem”

Base your self-image on who you are in Christ

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)


Don’t base your self-image in your accomplishments

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)

If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more. … What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:4-8)


Make it your primary goal to please God not others

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? … If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10

We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. (1 Thessalonians 2:6)

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