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’.

Respect by Listening

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 was the topic of this weeks post – if you want to read more, just click on the link. Being willing to listen to someone else, with a different viewpoint from your own, is important. It 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

To Everyone

Every human being bears the image of God. We acknowledge that even in the family of believers there are differences, in culture, tradition, education, and social status, but we respect and love one another. The grace of God is 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. Everyone, 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 a reality when it is demonstrated in our lives.

A Challenge

We are called to honour those in government, and to pray for those who have been placed in authority over us. It is not dependent, on whether we agree with their politics. When Peter wrote this verse to ‘honour the emperor’ the country was ruled by the godless, brutal emperor Nero. Someone, who it would have been hard to honour and 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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12 thoughts on “Respect

  1. Sharon, you have shared much wisdom for which I am grateful. There are so many thoughts and opinions floating around. I want to be respectful to others and not cause hurtful division. May God give us wisdom and discernment in the days ahead. Blessings!

    1. We need to attune our ears to the One voice that brings clarity, not confusion, because you’re right we can be bombarded by voices. Thank you for responding and be blessed this weekend!

  2. You are so right! Respect is not equal to having the same opinion, but rather honoring other’s for their perspective. Thank you for this thought provoking word.

  3. Listening is usually good, but there are instances in which it just oesn’t matter; James Rowe, a prisoner of the Viet Cong for five years, describes the indoctrination he and his fellows were put through by English-speaking VC cadre in his book, “Five Years To Freedom”.

    A fellow officer eventually rebelled, saying “You can make me sit here, and you can make me listen, but I don’t believe a d***ed word you say!” He had seen what the VC actually did, and was thus not interested in their high-flown words.

    Yes, I know I cannot leave,
    your shackles bid me stay;
    I’ll listen but will not believe
    a single word you say,
    for I have seen that which you do,
    and know too well your deeds;
    in this hell you’ve put us through,
    you’re not what this world needs.
    Perhaps you had been human once,
    when you were but a child,
    but now you pay obeisance
    to manifesto dark and vile,
    and you won’t command, convince
    my loyalty and obedience.

    1. That’s a good point – when someone is being purposefully abusive, and we cannot walk away, there may be a time to ‘tune out’ and to ‘listen’ to what we know God says about us. Thank you for your response.

  4. My natural instinct is not respect, and I find it very hard sometimes to respond in a Christlike way. However, if I think of giving respect as an act of worship to God, maybe it will help me.

  5. Listening to those with a different viewpoint, I can do. The trouble arises for me when someone is objectively wrong about something, and refuses to listen to information or consider that they are wrong. I’m definitely wrestling this out right now.

    1. I know what you mean, I am always willing to agree to disagree but some people find that difficult too. Thank you for your thoughts – an ongoing challenge!

  6. One great step to respect is listening. With a full house, we have learned that listening is a very key part in showing respect in our house.

  7. Yes we can all learn to be better listeners and respecting different viewpoints, listening well to others also often paves the way to be listened to in return

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