Sin and Self-Respect: A Vicious Cycle

A few days ago, I was told by a police officer to remove my car from where I was supposed to park because no one was allowed to park there. I looked outside my car window and saw that there was also another car parked along the same area.

I respectfully asked the police officer, “Chief, eh bakit pinayagan niyo po yung isang kotse na yun?”

The officer sheepishly smiled, “Kotse po yan ni Attorney eh. Attorney ni General.”

“So?” I asked. “Bakit po siya pwede mag-park dyan? Akala ko ba no parking dito?”

“Si attorney nga po yan sir. Attorney ni General”

“Chief,” I replied “Akala ko ba pantay ang batas? Dapat po hindi niyo pinapayagan yan kahit sino pa man siya. Kaya po di tayo umaasenso eh.”

The officer scratched his head, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Eh hanggang dito na lang po talaga ako sir. Di na talaga ako aasenso.”

More than irritation, the prevailing emotion that I felt was pity. I pitied the police officer who might have been so used to compromising his values that he has completely lost his self-respect.

That’s what sin does. Sin causes one to de-value one’s self. And once a person feels his worthlessness, it becomes easier for him to repeatedly give in to sin.

A vicious cycle.

Sin de-values people. De-valued people sin all the more.

Today, make a decision to break the cycle. How?

Know your real value in the eyes of God.

I remember a true story about a prankster who broke inside a department store in the middle of the night in order to exchange the price tags of the items for sale. The next day was mayhem. A car was sold for the price of a shirt. A shirt was sold for the price of a fridge. Shoes were sold for the price of a bed. Beds were sold for a price of spoon.

In a similar way, that’s what Satan has done. He made us think less than our real value. That’s why it is sometimes easier for us to sell ourselves to temptation. We don’t value ourselves in as much as God values us.

Scriptures says:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

Friend, you are a child of a King. A prince. A princess. A royalty.

Break the cycle today.

Don’t sell yourself cheap.

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2 thoughts on “Sin and Self-Respect: A Vicious Cycle

  1. Dear Brother Bobby,
    Thanks for your inspiring talks to us for Faith Convention 2013 in Kuwait.
    Could you please translate the conversation of Tagalog to English as wanted to understand the lovely article on sin and self respect Oct 10’2013.
    God Bless

    I respectfully asked the police officer, “Chief, eh bakit pinayagan niyo po yung isang kotse na yun?”

    The officer sheepishly smiled, “Kotse po yan ni Attorney eh. Attorney ni General.”

    “So?” I asked. “Bakit po siya pwede mag-park dyan? Akala ko ba no parking dito?”

    “Si attorney nga po yan sir. Attorney ni General”

    “Chief,” I replied “Akala ko ba pantay ang batas? Dapat po hindi niyo pinapayagan yan kahit sino pa man siya. Kaya po di tayo umaasenso eh.”

    The officer scratched his head, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Eh hanggang dito na lang po talaga ako sir. Di na talaga ako aasenso.”

    • I respectfully asked the police officer, “Chief, but why did you allow the other car to be parked there?”

      The officer sheepishly smiled, “That’s the car of the lawyer of the general.”

      “So?” I asked. “Why is he allowed to park there? I thought parking is not allowed there”

      “As I said, that’s the car of the lawyer of the general.”

      “Chief,” I replied “I thought the law is fair? You should not allow anyone to park there regardless of who the owner is. That’s the very reason why we don’t prosper.”

      The officer scratched his head, shrugged his shoulders and said, “I will really just be at this level sir. I will no longer prosper in life.”

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