Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Forms of Respect

Respect, this is such a wide topic that can transcend into any culture, religion, gang, or anything concerning yourself. Respect is the admiration of something or someone usually show great abilities, quality or achievement. In the world we live in Today, I believe that respect is a mega spiritual battle that we fight and our culture allows us to trample and walk over people without care. There is also a great many who also take respect too far and become greedy, which in turn shows their lack of respect.  So expand this what are some forms of respect that exist in our lives today.

Forms of Respect
  • For Others
    • Matthew 7:12 "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them." 
    • Romans 12:10 " Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."
    • Philippians 2:3 " Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. " 
  • Property
    • Genesis 4:3-5 "In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell"
  • Parents
    • Exodus 20:12 " Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you."
  • Spouse
    • 1 Peter 3:7 "Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered."
  • The World
    • Genesis 1:28 " And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
  • Government
    • Romans 13:12 " Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."
    • Romans 13:1 " Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God"
  • To God
    • John 3:16 " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

Conversation Starters
  • Out of these forms of respect are there areas that you can improve?
  • Has pride ever put you in a place where you lost respect from someone?
Things to try.
  • Try setting a new time during your day that you can devote to a personal relationship with God.  Pray to him and see the blessings and respect he can pour out on you.

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