From Brant, thank you do this great piece of guidance: While thinking about respect this morning, I came across the following quotes which I think present the case that respect is fundamental component to building healthy, productive, and positive relationships:
“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.” – Mark Twain
“We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Respect a man, and he will do all the more.” – John R. Wooden
Today, let’s remember that respecting others is a healthy way of demonstrating love, establishing good lines of communication, self-actualization, and building trust. As such, rather than reacting to the bitterness, rage, anger, slander, and malice which can result from unproductive criticism, poor communication, insecurity, and fear, let’s intentionally respect our spouses, family members, friends, colleagues, clients, and adversaries.
Father God, thank you for reminding to get rid of every form of bitterness, anger, and malice. To do so, thank you for calling us to respect one another. Please teach us that respect is a fundamental building block of healthy, productive, and positive relationships. Through respect, please help us to love, communicate, be confident in ourselves, and build trust with those around us. Through love and trust, please guide us to avoid criticism, mis-communication, insecurity, and fear. By avoiding insecurity and fear through love and trust, please help us to respect you and everyone around us. All of this we ask in the loving name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Ephesians 5:33 (NIV)-
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.