This post is written as part of the Five Minute Friday writing community link-up – we all write for five minutes on a one word prompt. Today’s word is ‘respect’.
One of the ways that we show respect to another person is by being willing to listen to what they have to say!
Listening Skills is this weeks post – if you want to read more, click on the link….
Being willing to listen to someone else, with a different viewpoint, with which you may not agree – shows that you value their opinion and are willing to listen to their voice.
We are called to show respect to one another:
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.1 Peter 2:17
Respect to everyone – because every human being bears the image of God. We acknowledge that even in the family of believers there are differences, in culture, tradition, education, social status but – we respect and love one another, seeing the grace of God at work in all our lives.
We do not get to choose our spiritual family, any more than we get to choose our natural family, each one is chosen and valued by God. We grow into maturity as we learn to love the family of believers, not just our preferred friends, but seeing each one as a friend of God.
We give God the respect and honour due to Him, as our Creator and the author of our Salvation – all that we are is a gift from God. That respect is not just an outward show, but is only a reality when it is demonstrated in our lives.
We are called to honour those in government, and to pray for those who have been placed in authority over us, whether we agree with their politics or not…. When Peter wrote this verse to ‘honour the emperor’ the country was ruled by the godless, brutal emperor Nero – not someone whom it would have been easy to honour or respect….
To show proper respect to everyone is a challenge – and may even be a counter culture in this day and age, but when we accept that challenge our lives become a witness to God’s grace at work within us – all for His praise and glory!
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