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Respecting Others

Grrr, I hate this book!


We need to respect other people, so that we can earn their respect in turn.


A thin book that can be torn up.
The Bible.


1 Peter 2:17.


Respect is having an accepting attitude, rather than rejecting and mocking people whose appearance, ideas, race, religion, traditions, cultures and practices are different from your own.

There was a teen who kept hamsters and white mice as pets.  At one time he forgot to feed them, and several days later found that many had died from hunger and lack of water.  It was all his fault as he did not care for them as he should have done.  He was very upset by this and realised that he needed to show respect to other people, but also show respect to himself (self-respect) and to his possessions.

Respect thus means that we should:

  1.  Avoid insulting, interrupting or being rude to other people.
  2.  Listen to, and treat others with honour and consideration.
  3.  Show concern, love, care and kindness to all we meet and interact with.
  4.  Show respect for the property, belongings and possessions of other people.
I have here one of my books.  Now, it's my book so you cannot have a look at it  (Hug it to your chest).  I can do with it what I like  See, I'll fold it so that it will fit into my pocket  (Fold the book in half and stuff it into your pocket).  You want to see what's in my book?  OK, then have a page! (Tear out a page and give it to someone).

You want one too?  Here, take this! (Tear out several pages and give it to some of the kids).  In fact I think this book is rubbish! (Tear the book into several pieces).  There, now it's fit for the rubbish bin and I don't want it any more! (Throw the pieces into the air and wipe your hands as if you are pleased to have got rid of it).

Showing Respect:
Well that's no way to show respect for a book is it?  Just try it at your school or library and you'll be in deep trouble!  No, we need to treat other people's belongings with respect.  We also need to show respect to our parents, friends, teachers and authorities and above all, to God.  Proverbs 9:10 tells us that:

"The fear (or respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Instead of being insulting, interrupting or being rude to others, we need to listen to others, be respectful to them and treat them with kindness, love and care.

The Son and the Farmers:
Jesus told a story about a man who owned a vineyard and rented it out to some farmers.  At harvest time He sent one of His servants to get some of the grapes.  But the farmers beat the servant and sent him away empty-handed.  The owner then sent two other servants but they beat them up as well.

Finally he decided to send his son as he thought they would respect him.   But when the farmers saw the son, they said, "This is the heir.  Let's kill him and then the vineyard will be ours."  And so they threw the son out of the vineyard and killed him (Luke 20:9-16).

The owner (who represents God) thought that they would surely respect His Son, but the tenants (Israel's leaders) killed Jesus.  They had no shame or fear of God's authority.

Do you respect God's authority and obey what He commands?

Respecting Others:
We need to start with the Bible.  I have mine here.  It is God's Word and we need to read it and obey it.  The Bible teaches children to respect their parents.  Ephesians 6:1-3 says:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (it pleases the Lord).
Honour your father and mother ...
that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

The Bible also teaches us to respect others and older people.   1 Peter 2:17 says, "Show proper respect to everyone" and Leviticus 19:32a says, "Rise in the presence of the aged and show respect for the elderly."

Does your behaviour and attitude show respect for others?  If not, then start showing respect today and be kind and have good manners.  This begins when you put the needs and interests of others before your own.  Are you willing to do this?

Respecting God:
Most importantly we must obey, serve and worship God with reverence and respect.  In Psalm 119:15, David set out to do this:

"I will think about Your commandments and teachings,
and have respect to Your ways."

Next time you go to church, be on your best behaviour and remember that God is right there with you.  When you pray, close your eyes and concentrate on God.  Leviticus 19:32b says:

"Worship God with reverence."

So when you sing praises and worship, think how big and good God is and how much He loves you.

Earning Respect from Others:
One thing I know is that if you have respect, other people will respect you as well.  God will bless your life and you will grow as a Christian in a way that will be pleasing to God.

Why not start today and ask God to help you respect all people?


Study Worksheet:

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I want you collect a work sheet and test what respect you have in your life.  Also write down what you should do in order to improve your performance in each area:

  1. True Respect:

  2. Does your behaviour and attitude show disrespect for others?
    True respect and good manners begin when we respect ourselves (self-respect) and learn to put the needs and interests of others before our own.   Does your daily interaction with others include: "Please", "Thank you" and "Excuse me"?

  3. Respect for God:

  4. Read Psalm 119:15, "I will meditate on (think about and study) Your precepts (principles, commandments and teachings), and have respect to Your ways."
    Do you obey and serve God and worship Him with reverence and respect?

  5. Respect for Parents:

  6. Read Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (it pleases the Lord).  Honour your father and mother - which is the first commandment with a promise - that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
    Do you respect, honour and obey your parents?

  7. Respect for Authority:

  8. Read 1 Peter 2:13-14, "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right."
    Do you show respect for those in authority by keeping the laws of the country?

  9. Respect for Others:

  10. Read 1 Peter 2:17, "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers."
    Read Leviticus 19:32, "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God (worship God with reverence)."
    Are you kind to, and respect family, friends, and strangers and older people?

  11. Growing like Jesus:

  12. Read Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as in Christ, God forgave you."
    Do you show kindness and love to others and do you have a Christ-like behaviour which brings "favour with man"?

  13. Conclusion:

  14. As you grow as a Christian, you will have the satisfaction of seeing your life shine as a witness to all, bringing honour to God and drawing others to His Son.  Lastly, God will have respect for you, as Leviticus 26:9,12 tells us: "I will look on you with favour (have respect for you) ... I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people."

God Bless!

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