Respect Earned? – God’s Word Today & Thoughts To Ponder
God’s Word Today:
Romans 15:4-7 NCV
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope. May the patience and encouragement that come from God allow you to live in harmony with each other the way Christ Jesus wants. Then you will all be joined together, and you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.
Thoughts to Ponder:
It has often been said that “respect is earned, not given.” This train of though has been prevalent in our society for the mere fact that our world has placed so much weight on individual achievements and superiority more than humbleness.
The Apostle Paul saw a problem between the early believers and the newer ones during his time. The older ones, who believed they are stronger in faith, have often pre-judged the newbies whom they believed are weaker; their own thoughts of superiority, sense of entitlement and own standard of expectations prevailed and muddled relationships.
Paul pointed out the need to learn from the Word of God so that we might be taught properly about patience, encouragement and hope that comes from God, this in turn would allow us “to live in harmony with each other the way Christ wants. Then you will all be joined together, and you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Why are some superiors and colleagues within a company not being respected by their own subordinates and colleagues? Most probably because their co-equals or even they themselves do not show the proper respect and yet demand respect from others; by doing this, subordinates respond in the same way to them and to others as well. This applies to any relationship that we may have – in the home, at work, in school and in church.
The last part of our reading today states, “Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.” The key to harmony in any relationship — be it in marriage, in friendships, at work, in school and in church, is acceptance, humbleness, love and the often forgotten respect.
In having a humble spirit to give respect freely to others, we receive respect and others will follow our lead to give the proper response. It is not hard to give respect even though it is yet to be earned, a true follower of Christ will give it freely to truly transcend the ways of the world to give glory to Our Lord.
Help us to be reminded daily to give freely love, patience, encouragement and respect to everyone, so that people around us will know of the heavenly standards that you have set before us.
Let our actions reveal to the world who is the real Lord of our lives.
All glory to You!
In Jesus Name, Amen.