The Bible and self-esteem

When my friend Susan needs self-confidence, she opens up her Bible. "It speaks in such a gentle way," she says. "The Bible makes me feel special—like somebody loves me."

The "somebody" Susan is talking about is God. And she's right: the Bible's great news is that God loves all of us. He loves us equally—regardless of race, culture, economic bracket, or religion. He loves us eternally. Unconditionally. Without ever holding back.

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November 22, 1999

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