On the other hand, if people fully expect me to behave irresponsibly, perhaps I will. If there really is an unspoken Young Offenders' Act in the church, what is there to lose? If sin has no consequences, why strive for purity and holiness? I can do what I want and nothing happens anyway. I can do what I want and all will still be well with God, with parents and with church. Especially young people might say: "O, I plan to live quite differently when I'm twenty or when I get married."
Should you love yourself? If you would listen to the advice of many teachers, counselors, writers, and ministers, your answer would be, "Yes, I should love myself – deeply, completely and without reservations." This article discusses self-esteem and Christ-esteem, Matthew 22:7, self-image, and detesting yourself.
"What a great sermon!" Did you ever say such a thing? I hope so! Or, do you more often say: "What a boring sermon. His preaching is so irrelevant; it does nothing for me. I don't get anything out of it."