Last month, this excerpt appeared in our company newsletter (taken from a blog that promotes respect in the work place).
"A few days ago, my husband and I were driving up to our lake house and
listening to a soul music station on XM radio. The wonderful “Respect
Yourself” by The Staples Singers came on and got me going! This 1990 tune
has great rhythm and a wonderful message. As we look forward to a new
year, this is a great resolution for each of us. Respecting ourselves is the first
and most important step toward showing respect toward others."
I often find the theme of "love yourself" and "respect yourself" promoted in the workplace, but I do not find that theme promoted in the Bible. In fact, passages of Scripture that seem to convey the opposite message immediately came to mind.
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26 (NKJV)
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)
Can you think of any others?