I was contemplating about what it means to have self-respect since I have often come across people that lack it and suffer so many things in this life because that have not developed a strong self-esteem. I came up with a few things that I consider to be my list of things that I believe are a part of the definition of self-respect and anyone can use this as a basis or starting point when reflecting on the areas that they have to work at in order to build on it and maintain a high level of self-respect. It is as much an attitude as it is a lifestyle and I can tell you that it’s not easy to maintain but we can all work towards it when we put our mind to it. This list is also something I have been putting into practice and I am still working on it since I am a constant work in progress so mind you it is not an exhaustive list. If you have more to add, please do comment in the comment box below. I’m happy to hear from others point of view.
Self RESPECT says:
I have a brain and can think for myself (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I know what it means to serve others above myself (Galatians 5:13).
I will NOT be someone’s doormat!
I will learn to LISTEN rather than be HEARD.
I will NOT cause someone to compromise against GOD’s moral Standard (Romans 14:13).
I will NOT allow bitterness to consume me (Hebrews 12:15).
I will assess my motivations and intentions before taking a course of action.
I will give a lending hand to those in NEED (Matthew 25:36-38).
I will focus on the goal and NOT the obstacles (Philippians 3:13-14).
I acknowledge my weaknesses, failures, mistakes and refuse to be IN DENIAL of them.
I accept that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
I will learn to LOVE and not HATE (1 Corinthians 13).
I will understand that bad things can also happen to GOOD people.
I will accept GOD’s MERCY and GRACE and refuse SELF-CONDEMNATION (Romans 8:1).
I will NOT envy other peoples belongings and relationships (Deuteronomy 5:21).
I will handle other people’s belongings as I would if they were my own.
I will NOT look to the left nor to the right and will look at what’s right in front of me.
I will NOT point the finger at someone else if I haven’t fixed my own personal issues (Matthew 7:3).
I will accept that I am LOVED by GOD above all persons (John 3:16).
I choose to be different because I am UNIQUE and refuse to be a Copycat (Psalm 139:14).
I will choose to think POSITIVE and reject the NEGATIVE.
I believe I am FREE in Christ – Whom the Son sets free is FREE indeed! (John 8:36).
I will NOT REACT when offended and will learn how to RESPOND appropriately to maintain peace.
I will meditate on the WORD of GOD and remember the TRUTH within my heart (Psalm 40:10).
I understand that hurting people hurt people and that I will NOT do the same to hurt another.
I acknowledge that a WRONG + WRONG doesn’t = RIGHT.
I understand that GOD is my source and HE is the supplier of ALL my Needs (Philippians 4:19).
I will focus on my NEEDS over my WANTS.
I will focus on working more on my Integrity over my Reputation.
I will seek to be PROACTIVE rather that INACTIVE.
I will learn to PARTICIPATE rather than ISOLATE myself from others.
I will overcome EVIL with GOOD with GOD’s help (Romans 12:21).
I know that my ways are foolishness to GOD so I will seek His ways above my own (Isaiah 55:8).
I will RESPECT others as I RESPECT MYSELF.