How can I help my teenage son who has low self esteem?

Hello D,

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You can teach your son that our self esteem comes from knowing who we are in Christ. Our loving heavenly Father grants us more than just life. When we give our lives to Him, He adopts us into His royal heavenly family and we are given the “right“ to become God’s children. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Christians gain self esteem through a relationship with the Creator of the universe. What an infinite honor!

We can know how valuable we are because of the high price God paid for us. God shed the blood of His dear son to redeem us from death. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1). God gave us great worth when He purchased us to be His own people (Ephesians 1:14). This divine love should fill the hearts of all who feel unworthy with great gratitude and joy.

And God’s love will not let go of those that put their trust in Him “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39).

The right kind of self esteem is not vain and will not lead to pride but to humility “let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3). For Christ “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6,7).

Also, when we have the right kind of self esteem, we will value ourselves highly and separate from sin that degrades us. For God has given us a high calling and an honorable mission “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (2 Peter 2:9).

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

 

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