Respect and Value
Sunday, 12th of March 2023
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Over the years, if there is one principle I have learnt is: "You will only attract what you truly respect and repel what you disrespect." It is observable that people who constantly struggle with finances may not respect and value money enough, and this attitude is often reflected in the way they handle money. It's important to note that 'value' and 'respect' are different from worship, which belongs to God alone (Exodus 20:2-3).
Why are respect and value important?
Respect and value are crucial because they bring divine order. Where there is respect and value, there is no room for strife and confusion. "God is not the author of confusion but of peace" (1 Corinthians 14:33). Without order and peace in one's life, marriage, and finances, progress may be limited. Much of what we respect and value today is learned over time, often beginning in childhood or adolescence. However, it's worth noting that the devil, who is the father of lies, may have fed us with false beliefs that influence the way we value and respect things or people today as adults.
For example, if we were taught that money is evil or that wealth is reserved only for the elite, we may struggle with valuing and managing our finances. However, the Bible teaches us that wealth and possessions are gifts from God, and it is our responsibility to manage them wisely (Proverbs 10:22, Luke 12:48).
How do you change your value system?
If you wish to change your value system, King David's advice in the Old Testament may be helpful. He suggests meditating on the Word of God.
The Bible instructs us in Psalm 1:1-3, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."
To meditate is to think deeply about, to ponder on, and to try to understand what God is communicating through His Word. We should then reflect on how these teachings apply to our everyday life and consider how we can integrate these positive qualities into our personalities.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul urges us to focus our minds on things that are true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. This practice can transform our thinking and renew our minds to value and respect what God values and respects. Remember that what you respect, you will attract, and what you disrespect, you will repel.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before you today with a humble heart. Cause my value system to be aligned with your will. Give me the grace to meditate on your Word, to ponder and reflect on your teachings, and to integrate them into my daily life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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