Is it better to see a mentor or a psychiatrist for raising self-esteem?

 What are some good Bible verses for raising self-esteem?

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Closeup Jennifer Rothnie Supporter Housewife, Artist, Perpetually Curious
There are no verses to raise self-esteem. Self-esteem is pride in self, or how one estimates the worth of their own self. There are some verses on recognizing your value as the temple of the Lord or as set-apart for God, but that is different. That is finding our worth in Christ, not in esteeming our own selves for own sake. This means we do, indeed, have great worth (as unique creations, as made in the image of God, as the temple of the Lord, as the inheritance of God, as God's beloved, as God's children, as washed clean by Christ, as vessels crafted by God for a purpose) - but this is not 'self-esteem'. This is recognition of our worth as based in God's handiwork. (II Cor 4:7)

As for self-esteem, the Biblical model is opposite. We esteem God, not man. We esteem others before ourselves.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10)

Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed? (Isa 2:22)

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind esteem one another as more important than yourselves." (Phil 2:3)


Mentor or psychiatrist depends on the issue. In most cases, a christian mentor will surpass a secular psychiatrist. However, psychiatrists can discover and treat chemical imbalances, and many can help with practical life skills and behavior choices. Since many issues have a root in sin or emotional imbalance, a christian mentor may be able to more easily address these (or a christian psychiatrist). Dependency on psychiatric treatment at the expense of confessing sin or relying on the word of God should be avoided, even if it seems to help for a time.

October 04 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini vanessa pannuti
I think Romans 12:3-8 should answer your question. Without thinking too highly of yourself, you must identify the gift and the skills that have been given to you then try to develop them according to a Christian manner. Almost all of us have been given good skills, but fail to recognise them or put them to a proper use. 

Remember God is love, love sees the full potential of a person. Any tract of oneself that is worth developing and passing onto others, like discipline, perseverance or committment is a gift; it is a behaviour every believer should have and it is very hard to find in nowadays society. I think all the episles of Paul give a very good advice indeed on this subject and Christian living. Most of all, we must be grateful every day for what has been allotted to us.

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