give respect

Want respect? Then, give it!

Pretty simple concept, right?

But, why is it so often people especially in positions of authority, don’t give it yet expect to receive it?

I heard a radio report that said 95% surveyed say they feel they are not appreciated at work.

The Bible has much to say about how we should live our life with others. Romans 12 shares how we are to love and appreciate.

One key to loving/respecting is to place high value on others and appreciate them right where they are at not where we think they should be. It is not our job to judge or correct, but love and appreciate. In doing so, we will win them over and in due time earn their respect. Then, we will have the right to correct or discipline. But of course, when doing so, do it in love.

What does that mean? Or what can that look like?

Want respect? Then, give it!

If you want honor; honor others.

Appreciate others and it will start creating an upward spiral. It begins with you and you can start today.

When we think of others more highly than ourselves, we will…

That is love in action.

That is sincerity.

That is hospitality.

That is living in harmony.

That is giving respect.

And when we do so, we might even get some in return!

But, regardless, give respect!

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:9-21 NIV

When Jesus is at the center, we then can do all the above scripture instructs.

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