Everyone Deserves Respect (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 280)
1 Peter 2:17 (NLT)
Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.
Respect has become one of the most talked about but least practiced values in our society. We sing about respect, we write about respect, we hold intense conversations about respect, and we try to teach the young people around us about respect. Yet the actual practice of respect has become a main point of character that is largely irrelevant in everyday interactions.
The Bible tells us that everyone deserves respect. It leaves no one out. There are no conditions or requirements to meet before respect is to be shown to the people around us. Strong families, strong communities, strong churches, and strong nations are built on respect. When we show respect to each other, we confirm the value and worth of the other person.
Everyone — governmental leaders, religious leaders, parents, teachers, law enforcement officials, employers, employees, children — deserves respect. God doesn’t discriminate against any person. It’s not in his nature or character to do so. After all, he made every single person in the world just as they are and no one is inferior or superior to anyone else.
We can’t say we respect ourselves without showing the same to other people. We also can’t be said to respect God if we don’t show respect to other people. Worth and potential are hidden in every human being. Disrespect for humanity is one of the main reasons we see so much violence, crime, abuse, brutality, inequality, and discrimination in society. Perhaps, choosing to respect could cure these ills.
God is love and when we show respect to other people regardless of race, culture, behavior, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status or beliefs, we show that the light of God is shining through our love for other people. Respect is a sign of love. Every person you meet is worthy of love. This is how God treats us — He puts us ahead of everything else on his agenda. We are his priority and we should make other people our priority.
“Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.”
— D.B. Harrop