“The passion of self-esteem is a three-pronged barb heated and forged by the demons out of vanity, presumption and arrogance. Yet those who dwell under the protection of the God of heaven (cf. Ps. 90.1) detect it easily and shatter its prongs, for through their humility they rise above such vices and find repose in the tree of life.”
Nikitas Stithatos, “The Practice of the Virtues,” # 80, The Philokalia, Vol. 4 (From Christ is in our Midst)
It would seem to Mr. Stithatos that self-esteem whether positive or poor, founders on its foundation of vice. (pride or despair). I believe he is correct. May we always be found in Christ, to flee from sin in all its subtle forms, and pursue Him in all His humility. Thus will the fruit of the Spirit be manifested in us.
LORD have mercy, Brian+