Value is perceived. It is not intrinsic. In other words something can't be valuable by itself. A thing can be unique by itself but not valuable.
Water quickly becomes more valuable than money when you are traveling through a desert.
Jesus didn't come to save us because we were valuable. He came to save us and make us valuable. Just like He took ordinary clay and breathed life into it to make a man. He took fallen worthless people and shed His blood to give them worth.
We live in a world where talent has value and beauty is valuable. Potential is sought and exploited. People are just resources to be used. If we think people have value on their own then we will be a 'respecter of persons' and greatly under value them.
Grace is favor based on God's perception. Jesus' blood was shed for all people. That makes all people valuable. 'Better' does not exist in this arena. No one is better or more important than anyone else but each person has tremendous value.
The question is whether or not we have the same value system that God does. If we can't agree with Him on this than how many other things are we wrong about? But, If we do agree then we can move forward using the same measuring system that He uses.
When we look in the mirror what do we see?
There will be a lot of red everywhere tomorrow. Valentine's Day is supposed to be about love. You may have someone to love or you may not. Please don't let it determine your happiness. The red that means the most to me is not the red of hearts and bows. It is the red shed on a cross 2,000 years ago. That is the love that lasts forever. That is the love that gives value.