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Every Person Is Worthy of Respect

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Every Person Is Worthy of Respect
BY RICK WARREN — DECEMBER 3, 2015

“Show proper respect to everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17a NIV)

Respect has become an endangered value over the past few decades. We live in the “Age of Irreverence,” where sarcasm rules the day and everyone loves a good put down.

Yet the Bible makes it clear that stable families — and stable societies — are built around respect. The Bible commands us to honor our parents, respect civil authority, and respect church leaders. Wives are called to respect husbands in Ephesians. In the book of 1 Peter, husbands are called to respect wives. Just to make it clear that the Bible leaves no one out, the Bible also tells us to “show proper respect to everyone” (1 Peter 2:17a NIV).

Everyone, regardless of beliefs or behaviors, is worthy of respect.

Why?

God made everyone. Psalm 8:5 says, “You [God] made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor” (GNT). God doesn’t make junk. No one is worthless. People make wrong decisions all the time, but they are still valuable to God. Even the most unlovable person in the world is loved by God.
Jesus died for everyone. The Bible says, “God paid a ransom to save you .... He paid for you with the precious life blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19a TLB). You may not place much value in certain people, but God does. In fact, he says every person you meet is worth dying for.
It shows you know God. The Bible tells us that God is love. If you know God, you’ll fill your life with love. The Bible says, “If a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God — for God is love” (1 John 4:8). Love always treats people with respect.
You’ll get back whatever you give out. It’s the law of the harvest. Whatever goes around comes around. If you want to be respected, you must treat other people with respect. The Bible says, “A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows” (Galatians 6:7b Phillips).

Talk It Over

Every person you meet today is worthy of your respect. How will that change your behavior?
Who do you have the most trouble showing respect to? Why?
What are some ways you can “fill your life with love”?
Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.
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    When I come in contact with a person, I see him or her as a creation of God. My responsibility is to love people as Jesus first loved me. My responsibility is to pray for people and to share the truth in love.

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  • LOULOUWLG403
    . It doesn't change my behavior, because I believe everyone I meet is worthy of my
    respect. 2. When my Mom was alive I had trouble showing respect to her. 2. She
    was always so hard on my Daddy. I was a Daddy's girl and I couldn't say that as
    a child or a teenager. Like you said, we are raised to respect our Parents! 3. My
    Daddy was the most important thing to me growing up! He was the one I held his
    hand when we went walking. Jo, my Sister, was the one who held my Mom's hand.
    Daddy was the one who went in swimming with me, he taught me how to ride my
    1st bike with training wheels. I hope you have a Super & Blessed Saturday ! LYL!

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