There are cherished values, principles and precepts that have sound biblical basis, entrenched in us while growing up and that are going moribund. We need to revisit.
God expects us to teach our children and train them up appropriately: And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 11:19.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
This month, we shall discuss RESPECT in the family and the society at large.
What is respect?
This is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Or due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
The word respect is a translation of the Greek word timēsate, meaning “honor or value.” It literally means “to place a great value or high price on something.” In the family, spouses are to show respect one to another in the fear of the Lord (Ephesians 5:22).
Children should honour and obey their parents. We should teach them also to honour and respect everyone older than them and those in authority.
God created all people, and created them differently for reasons and purpose we may not understand. Regardless of how we perceive other people to be, they are God’s creations, and it is God’s will for us to show respect to everyone. Use these Bible verses to be reminded why respect is important to show to everyone.
Respect in the Bible:
1. God had respect for Abel’s offering (Genesis 4:4)
2. God had respect for the children of Israel (Exodus 2:25)
3. Respect everyone, love other believers, honour God, and respect the Emperor. (1 Peter 2:17)
4. “Respect your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise added: so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land. (Ephesians 6:2-3)
5. Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly. (Proverbs 21:21)
6. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Titus 2:7-8.
The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible’s teaching on respect in his first Epistle: Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17).
This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives, teaching us that, as followers of Christ, we should respect all men, other Christians, God, and governmental authorities.
Interestingly, today we tend to place our values on our personal rights and the equality of man. However, biblical respect is far different, more about a perceived inequality in that we recognize that some things and some people are more important than we (Philippians 2:3).
To respect everyone, believers must be conscious that God has created all people in His image, regardless of whether they believe in Christ. We should show them proper respect and honor because their souls are of more value than all the wealth in the world (Luke 10:33–34; 1 Corinthians 10:33).
While we expect our children and those around us to show respect for God, society and others, that respect must start with each one of us. Remember, what you sow you will reap, respect begets respect. Keep respecting others and you shall definitely be respected and leave this world a better place.
God bless you amen.
By: Pastor John Olatunji Adigun
E-mail: johnadigs26@ Gmail.com