Low self-worth is almost like a magnet that draws rejection. When people are down on themselves, everybody else gets down on them too. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy: “I don’t feel good about me, and neither does anybody else.”
You can spot low self-worth because it starts in people as bad thoughts about themselves: I’m so dumb. I’m not good at anything. I always make mistakes. The devil is the author of those lies, and until somebody can bash those lies with the truth from God’s Word, the lies will win.
As parents, we have to shut these thoughts down when we see them in our kids. Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says, “…As he thinks in his heart so is he.” We don’t want those bad “seed” thoughts taking root in our children’s hearts. The way to shut those thoughts down is by teaching our children what God says about them.
Colossians 3:16 (KJV) says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”
As they see the value that God sees in them, they’ll gain confidence and a sense of worth and will stop listening to the devil’s lies.
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THE TAKE AWAY
Be quick to shut down negative, low self-worth thinking in your kids. Speak the Word into their lives. Encourage them to hang out with good friends who will strike iron upon iron with them, who will affirm them, and who will put good things in them. Scriptures to teach your children: 1 John 4:4 (KJV); Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
In addition to self-worth, prepare your child to deal successfully with peer pressure.
Do you have teens? Here’s a full set of tools to prepare yourself and your child.
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