Precious and Honored

People are never wrong.

Beliefs can be wrong.  Expectations.  Dreams can be wrong.  Words can be wrong.  Morals can be wrong.  But people?  People are never wrong.

When did we become so hypercritical that we forgot the value of a human soul?

Perhaps if we saw each other through the eyes of God, saw how invaluable and hurting those around us were, we would not be so quick to jump to conclusions, not be so careless with our words, and not be so consumed with ourselves.

Instead, we allow our own insecurities to haunt us like devils.  We listen to the voices that tell us we are not beautiful, not worthy, not loved.  Guilt over our past and fear of our future are poisons we have learned to live with.  And because we question our own value, we also fear that others may be more valuable than us.

Comparison becomes an obsession and we learn that insults followed by "just kidding" are more socially acceptable but just as effective in tearing down.  Labeling others and searching for reasons to find them inferior to us become such a habit that we don't even realize that we do it.

But as we learn our own value in Christ, we should begin to see the value in others.  Christ didn't just die on the cross for me... he died for everyone.  If I truly believe that others are so valuable God would redeem them at the cost of His son's life, I would be doing everything in my power to show them this.

"Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give nations in exchange for you, and peoples in exchange for your life." -Isaiah 43:4


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