You must know your value in Christ. Not everyone deserves your attention, your devotion, nor your treasures. Jesus said, if you love anything more than Him than you are not worthy of Him. What was the Lord teaching? He was teaching us the power of self-worth and understanding your value to God in creation. He never intended for you to waste time satisfying the needs of others while yours are dismissed. He never intended people to use you, while they are provided for. The first step to obtaining respect from others is to learn to respect yourself and knowing when to walk away from situations that do not have your best interest in mind.
The scripture teaches us to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who despitefully use us. The purpose of blessing those who curse you is to ensure that no level of darkness or taint is received in your spirit; the focus of praying for those who despitefully use you is to guarantee that you won’t become bitter in your heart and thoughts against those who only mean to enrich themselves at your expense. Blessing those who curse you and praying for those who despitefully use you doesn’t mean to keep yourself in situations that drain you, your resources, or your family; it’s important to understand and know your worth in God.
When you know your worth, you won’t bow to every opportunity; when you know your worth, you will set yourself up with the best possible conditions to thrive. You will surround yourself with people who are blessed, encouraging, and have mutual interest in being a blessing in your life. When you know your worth, you will cutoff relationships that don’t benefit you and you will begin to put God first and surround yourself with those who lift you up. Jesus never asked you to ignore ourselves while blessing others; He tells us to love others even as we love ourselves. The reality is that if you don’t love and value yourself, you’ll never be able to love others.
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