<<opinion of yourself>>

Often this has a negative connotation referring to a person who is conceited, having an inflated view of themselves (Rom 12:3; 2 Cor 10:12). The Bible is true, “Pride goes before a fall” (Prov 16:18). Satan made repeated boastful claims about promoting himself – God dealt severely with this, the ultimate ego out-of-control (Isa 14:12-15).  When early civilisation said, “Let’s make a name for ourselves”, God

   The place for our ego is                            on the cross

soon put a stop to that wrong attitude (Gen 11:1-10). Haman’s boasting was short lived and immediately after King Nebuchadnezzar had declared, I have built this “by my power and for the glory of my majesty” he also was humbled (Est 5:11,12, 7:10; Dan 4:28-37).

While it is good to have goals, our motives as Christians should be to make Him famous, for we are just the channel or vessel used (Ps 115:1; 1 Cor 1:31; Gal 6:14).

Self is the ungodly focus of society today. Although we are to have good self-esteem and value our worth, this should not be overtly displayed; rather have a humility of spirit as “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5).

See also: boast, humility, pride, self, self-image, superior, vanity.

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