How to Have Self-Esteem

How do we know what is right? God has given us His Word to help in that
department. Many people believe we no longer need to read or study the
Torah. This is the part of the Bible we refer to as the Law. But “Torah” is
better understood as “teaching” or “way of life”. It’s discipline for God’s
people. In it, God laid out very clearly what pleases Him, and what doesn’t
please Him. True, not all of it applies directly to us today. I doubt many of us
need to worry about beating our slaves. And our countries have laws that deal
with evildoers so that we don’t have to be a part of the justice system except
when we’re called to jury duty. But even where the direct instruction isn’t
applicable, the principle is. Paul said to His New Testament audience that all
Scripture is good for teaching and instruction. We know that this applies to the
entire Bible, but when He wrote it He was referring specifically to the
Torah—what his audience would have had to study and learn, and what we
have still in our Bible today.

And Jesus explained that the most important commandment is to love the Lord
your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and the second is like it,
to love your neighbor as yourself. He explained that in these two
commandments ALL the Torah and Prophets would be fulfilled. Do these two
things and you’ll please God. Do these two things and you will have done all
that is right. Do these two things and you will be able to respect yourself.

Which brings us to love not being a feeling—but a commitment and an action
verb. It’s patient, kind, does not rejoice in evil but rejoices in the truth, keeps
no record of wrongs. You can look it up yourself (1 Corinth 13 for anyone
who hasn’t been to a wedding where it’s read ) Develop these character
qualities and you will be doing what is pleasing to the Lord. You will be
looking more like Him. After all, God is Love.

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