I'm fairly certain I read the following thoughts somewhere. (I found these in an old journal, but I didn't note the source. This sounds like something Tim Keller would say, but I???m not sure if it was him, my adaption of his words, or someone else.)
False-Esteem: I do good things, therefore God accepts me.
Spiritual-Esteem: I'm accepted because of what Jesus did for me, therefore I do good things.
False-Esteem: I try hard, so God loves me.
Spiritual-Esteem: God loves me radically, so I try hard.
False-Esteem: I produce, therefore God is pleased.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is pleased with me in Christ, therefore He produces through me.
False-Esteem: Self is the center.
Spiritual-Esteem: God is the center.
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