Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:37



Love is more often given than trust and respect. Trust and respect are things earned. Tonight I want to speak of respect. Not the respect of others, although each of us wants to be respected by others, but our focus will be on respect of one’s own self.


Each of us needs to value who we are; I am not talking about being conceited, uppity or arrogant. The Bible teaches against those attitudes:

  1. “For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing; he deceiveth himself” (Galatians 6:3).
  1. “…God I thank thee, that I am not as other men are…” (Luke 18:11).
  1. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

There is a humility commanded:

  1. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).
  1. “Humble yourselves therefore under the Mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (I Peter 5:6).
  1. …”Before honour is humility” (Proverbs 15:33).

Tonight a specific respect, a respect for one's own soul. No one can truly respect their own value, if they ignore the most valuable part of who they are. Our Lord knew that and placed the issue squarely before us.


“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26).


What profit is there to gain the whole world (that which is temporary and perishing) (II Peter 3:10) to lose that which is forever (Matthew 26:46)? What would you give in exchange for your soul? Would you give up that which is priceless for that which is not???


You cannot fully respect who you are if you do not respect that which is eternal. Self-respect, value who you are. God did and sent Jesus to die in your stead (II Corinthians 5:21). Now, the serious question is this: Have you given yourself to him who died for you (Galatians 2:20)?


If not, will you do so tonight?

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24)?

Are you willing to repent of past sins (Luke 13:3; 5)?

Will you confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10)?

Will you be baptized to have your past sins remitted (Acts 2:38; 22:16)?

 If so, come while we stand and sing.