We live in a very rude world. And unfortunately people are becoming ruder by the minute. Common courtesy isn’t so common any more.
It seems that respect for people is at an all time low. Our favorite kind of humor today is sarcasm – put down humor.
The late night talk show hosts take pride in putting down society.
Their favorite targets are those in authority, those in leadership; those who should be respected if for no other reason than because of their position.
But the Bible makes it very clear that respect is one of those values that is necessary for life.
The Bible is very specific about this. We find that we are to respect parents, people in authority, and church
The Scriptures go on to instruct wives to respect and reverence their husbands and husbands are to respect and reverence their wives.
And if we think that someone doesn’t fit the above categories, the Lord tells us that we should respect and honor all men. (1 Peter 2:17) Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
We all want to be respected. We want other people to treat us with dignity.
So let’s look at this missing characteristic. Let’s consider the why and how of showing respect.
Here are four reasons why we should respect everybody. The Bible says every person should be treated with respect.
1. Because God Made Everybody. (Psalms 8:4-5) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. God doesn’t make junk! We are ALL a work in progress.
2. Because Jesus Died For Everyone.(1 Peter 1:18-19) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
3. Because It Shows We Know God.(1 John 4:8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
4. Because of the Law of the Harvest.(Galatians 6:7) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
What goes around does come around.
In a world that’s full of rudeness and disrespect, how can we show respect to others in a practical way? Here’s five practical ways to do this:
When We Speak, Be Tactful, Not Just Truthful.
When We Are Served, Be Understanding Not Demanding.
When We Disagree, Be Gentle Not Judgmental. We can agree to disagree agreeably.
When We Share Our Faith, Be Respecting Not Rejecting.
There is no excuse for rude and disrespectful behavior in the life of a believer. We have a responsibility to represent Christ in this world. One important value that we must build our lives upon is the value of showing respect. Love NEVER fails!
God loves you so very much and so do I. Blessings!