“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
Our dear friend Peter has put it in a nutshell:
- Brotherhood of believers
Back to the nutshell: EVERYONE deserves our respect.
I made some notes early this morning:
- Recognize the potential in others
- Encourage instead of putting someone down
- Submit to others in love
- Persist in being kinder than you feel
- Empathize with everyone regardless of your feelings
- Cover people with prayer
- Treat others as you would like them to treat you
A beautiful story in the news yesterday was about a young 14-year-old who carried his brother who has cerebral palsy for 40 miles on his back, to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. That is a sign of utmost love and respect. The best I can say is that I respect that young man for showing such kindness to his little brother.
Read the story: here
May God help us to show respect in any possible way. I grew up learning to be respectful. One way to show respect was to greet a person when you met on the street or any other place. What I have seen in later years, or maybe it’s because I now live in another country, is very little respect in that manner.
I have had young people come to my house, act as if I wasn’t even here. That hurt! No greeting whatsoever.
When my grandchildren come I make sure they greet me and I greet them. When visiting them, every morning I make sure to greet each one. For me that is the simplest and first sign of respect. Then comes all the rest! I made an acrostic using some words. See if you can make a different one.