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
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.
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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