I have no chance of carrying on a conversation with someone who doesn’t like, much less respect me. It is a word that means just that. Respect is paying attention for a moment to someone, and treating them with dignity they deserve. It is allowing blunders, and fumbled words, but showing care, love, and concern for someone who may not be as talented, or well off as you are. It is giving attention to all people even those who are in dire situations.
A person cannot help what state he was born in. My parents were making very little when I was born. Both were teachers at a Bible college, and they don’t pay much more than room and board. Another mouth to feed was probably a surprise. My father named all of us, and I was named for my mother, Ruby, and for a missionary. So I thought by the time I was in first grade that I would become a missionary like the person I was named for.
Respect is looking a person in the eyes and talking with them without fear of being put down, made fun of, or slandered later. Respect is giving someone confidence when they have been in an environment that has given them little respect. Many women live in this kind of home. They grew up in a home where they were ignored, or allowed to have their way. Many pretty girls have to learn that life is not easy after they marry and leave home.
Life is not easy, and people will not always respect you just because you demand respect from them at the time. They may hate you for doing that, and someday they may sass you in front of an audience. You can bully someone until someone comes to their rescue. Bullies are really cowards. They find an empty room to say their words. They love to hurt people, and yell loudly. They are far from knowing Christ.
God can make you into someone who has confidence in the Lord. I will trust in God, and not be afraid. Trust comes first, then the fear leaves. I know.
I know. I am still praying about some people who bother me. I will wind up talking to them, because I know that God doesn’t like pride, and arrogance either. Respect comes from a heart that is repenting, and loving. Hate the sin, but love the person. That is what I have been taught, but what I see is judge the person, and hate the sin, and shout, yell, get angry, or what ever you have to do to make a person respect you. It doesn’t work. The victim will step back and quit communicating. That is what a bully wants.
Sin is sin. Pride and arrogance are sins. One sin is sin, and another is not more sinful than the other. No sin can get into heaven. Are you sure an arrogant, angry person is going to heaven. I’m not. God says by their fruit you will know them. If they are arrogant, and proud, they won’t go to heaven, because pride is the opposite of humility. The person with pride will fall.