Heart’s Desire: Respect

John 6:35 : Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

The things our hearts crave and desire are not always bad things, but we don’t always make the right choices in the way we try and fill those desires. God knows our hearts and our needs, and wants to be where we find our fulfillment. He has the ability and genuine desire to satisfy our physical, spiritual and emotional needs completely.

Respect is something our hearts crave. We long to have recognition for what we are capable of, what we have gone through, what we know, what we have and who we are. The world has many different ideas of what deserves respect. I’m sure you wouldn’t have to think too hard to come up with a few examples, however, many would not fall into what God tells us is deserving of respect in the Bible.

Both the Old and New Testaments give us many examples of how God views respect. Because of the way we are wired, most examples apply to men more than women, but it is important that both genders understand God’s definition of what qualities deserve our respect for a person.

We should respect our elders, those who have lived longer and experienced things we have not. Deuteronomy 28:50 defines a heartless nation as one with no respect for the elderly.

 

God tells us the wise deserve respect. Those with the ability to understand, use good sense, be financially responsible and manage their families well, are all people who fall into God’s definition of wise. (Deuteronomy 1:13, Proverbs 13:15, Acts 6:3, 1 Timothy 3:4, Titus 2:2)

Those who fear the Lord, and live accordingly deserve the respect of those around them. In the Bible, even those of different faiths and backgrounds held those who followed the Lord in high regard. (Acts 10:22, Mark 6:20)

Though it is not always easy, those in authority are also people the Lord says need our respect. If you are in a position of authority, you should work hard to earn the respect of those under your leadership (Deuteronomy 1:13), and if you are under someone’s authority, they are someone you should respect (1 Peter 2:18).

Who are some people you respect? Why?

Do you desire respect? In what areas?

How does your definition of things that deserve respect compare to God’s definition?

What is one thing you can change that would help you be more respectable in a godly sense?

 

 

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