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What does the Bible say about respect?

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21 Mar

What does the Bible say about respect?

"So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you." Matthew 7:12

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10

"Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring  judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoers. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience." Romans 13:1-7

"Do nothing our of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your interest, but also to the interest of others." Philippians 2:3

"In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us." Titus 2:7

"Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in highest regard in love because of their work." 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

The way we see, feel and think about others comes from those who have influenced us. For example, if we grow up in a home that practices disrespect for a certain group of people, that becomes our norm. If it is "normal" to hate law enforcement, then most likely we will hate law enforcement.

Disrespect and hate were first recorded between Adam and Eve's sons. Cain disrespected his brother, Able.

If we are a born again follower of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within us. The Holy Spirit begins to convict us when we fail to agree with God about the value of each person.

God values each person, us and them, enough to die for us and them. When we see, feel and think about others through the Holy Spirit and truth of God's Word, we will respect others and ourselves.


Mike Marecle