Wouldn’t it be
great if everyone present felt good about themselves!? Sure
it would! However, we often hear someone exclaim,
“You know, I never do feel good.” Any number of things,
or a combination of several things could cause a person not to
feel good or not to feel good about him (or her) self. We
believe that those things fall into one of three groups; they
are: physical, mental, or spiritual in nature.
Take for example, those things that pertain to the physical part
of our wellbeing. A person may wake up with a headache
and it seems that nothing goes right for them during the
entire day. Or, if a person’s health is not as good as
it once was, then they may honestly say, “I never do feel
good anymore.” Naturally, a person would like to feel
vibrant and alive as they did when they were a little
younger. Of course, we cannot take back the years, but
perhaps we can do something about our physical wellbeing.
We may need to go to those in the medical profession. Or, as
our school health books use to advise: eat good food,
get proper rest, get plenty of sunshine, and exercise.
There is a
scientific term, “psycho-cybernetics” which has
reference to the relationship between our mind and our body. If
a person is despondent about something, then physically
speaking, they usually don’t feel good either. Or, if an
individual has health problems, then that person has the
tendency to worry about their health condition.
But, let us
approach this matter about feeling good about our selves from
a positive manner. Our emphasis will pertain primarily
to the mental and spiritual; and in doing so, we need to
consider our personal need, our relationship to others, and
our fellowship with God. We believe (mentally and
spiritually speaking), that to a great extent, our personal
needs are met when we are considerate of others’ needs, and
toward our responsibilities to God.
FIRST OF ALL, LET US CONSIDER THE IMPORTANCE OF
RESPECTING THE LORD AND HIS WILL IN ORDER FOR US TO FEEL GOOD
ABOUT OUR SELF.
It was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who said:
14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
15:14, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command
It should make us feel real good about ourselves when we
faithfully carry out God’s Will in our lives. . In fact, the
Apostle John tells us that this is the way for us to have
assurance that we are in fellowship with the Lord.
2:3-5, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we
keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth
not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God
perfected, hereby know we that we are in him.”
Also, if we are to truly feel good about our selves then
we must know that what we are doing is pleasing unto God. And
to begin with, we must study the Bible, God’s inspired
Word, in order to be pleasing to Him.
2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
And then we must apply it unto our lives.
If a person feels guilty about anything, then
naturally they cannot feel good about them self until that
guilt is removed.
To a child of God who is guilty of sin, John
assures us that if we will:
1:9, “…confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
And to one who has never obeyed the gospel of Christ,
the Apostle Peter points out at 1 Pet. 3:21 that
one must be baptized to be saved in order to have a
good conscience toward God.
WE CANNOT SEPARATE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD OTHERS FROM
THAT WE HAVE UNTO GOD.
For Jesus declared: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”
More than the Boy Scouts who seek to do a good deed every
day, our lives (as Christians) should be full of good works.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Like the Good Samaritan, we should be willing to
do for others what we can (Luke 10).
And to treat them as we would want to be treated. This
is according to the Word of Jesus at Matt. 7:12
that is commonly called: The Golden Rule.
We can commence to do this by being pleasant unto
others. After all, Solomon informs us, that, if we are
to have “friends, then we must show ourselves friendly” (Proverb
If we will feel good about ourselves, then we must
sympathize with others.
12:15, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with
them that weep.”
12:26, “And whether one member suffer, all the members
suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members
rejoice with it.”
You will truly feel good about yourself when you use your
influence to draw others closer to God.
5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not
to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
Compliments make us feel good; therefore we should be
generous in commending others.
“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute
is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom
We should be compassionate to the needs of others.
20:35, “I have showed you all things, how that so
laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words
of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than
IF WE ARE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT OURSELVES THEN WE NEED TO
BE HONEST WITH OUR SELF.
If there is something that needs to be corrected in our
lives, then we should do so.
4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
We will have many unpleasant situations to confront us.
But if we will do the best we can under a given circumstance and
rely upon the Lord, then these things can be overcome. We need
to personally have the attitude of the Apostle Paul when he
said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me” (Phil. 4:13).
If we can do that, then we will be a very optimistic
When we are troubled about anything, then we should talk
to our Heavenly Father about it.
4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be
made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
When you are by yourself, do you sometimes sing
portions of gospel songs?
5:13, “Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.”
And to really feel good about ourselves we need to stop
thinking so much about our selves and to commence to consider
others and how we can honor and glorify the Heavenly Father.
If you and I
will stop postponing until tomorrow what we can do today then
our spiritual life will be more complete. After all, James
says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth
it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17).
In order for us
to feel good about ourselves then we must obtain relief of our