Every Person Is Worthy of Respect
By Rick Warren
“Show proper respect to everyone”(1 Peter 2:17 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 2:17 NIV).
Everyone, regardless of beliefs or behaviors, is worthy of respect.
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”?
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