You may have seen that title and thought I was going to talk about how wrong it is to honor ourselves. Not exactly.
It is true that we should not boast, try to draw attention to ourselves, or otherwise seek to manipulate people to give us honor. Jesus had a few things to say about the hypocrites who stood on the street corner and let everybody know about their great spirituality (Matthew 6:1-16). But, in this post, I want to present the positive aspect of respecting ourselves because we are the Lord’s possession.
We have great value, simply because we are His. I mentioned in an earlier post that all people are to be honored because they are God’s creation. That includes you. Beyond our value as created beings, Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 6:20 that we are “bought with a price.” That price was the suffering and death of God’s own Son. We are costly jewels in His sight, and therefore should treat ourselves as such.
Too many of us, due to emotional wounds that we have received, dishonor ourselves in our minds and in our speech. “I am no good.” “God doesn’t love me.” “I don’t think anyone could love me.” “I am ugly.” “I am unworthy.” “I am not as good as so-and-so.” “I am stupid.” “God can’t use me.” These are all lies.
Some of us have been taught by our families or our church culture that putting ourselves down is the modest way to speak and think. We argue when people try to compliment us on our appearance, a character strength, or a job well done. This is a false humility, though. Any “humility” that causes us to say things that do not line up with what God says about us is false.
Really, righteous honoring of ourselves is all about accepting the honor which God bestows upon us and confidently walking in it. We will wrap up this series by expanding on that thought next time.