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Showing Respect for Others

     My young children are regularly learning what it means to offer proper deference and regard for others. I think it is a fundamental civil necessity to recognize the individual value of other people and the position of personal significance and dignity that others hold.

     The more a child is trained to respect the will of another person, and to act in consideration, the more they will understand how God wants them to view others, and ultimately the more favor they will receive.

myfrienddebbie.com     People can tend to be pushy and demanding and think that their agenda is the only agenda. However, when we operate like Christ, we will put others needs and concerns ahead of our own and we will practice understanding and patience and mutual edification, rather then one-sided, inconsiderate assumptions and demands.

     We must regard a person’s time, availability, resources, energy, opinion, and will, as well as their position and realm of responsibility and authority.

     Proper manners say that we should show respect for all people, regardless of age, gender, nationality, social or economic status. In addition, we must show respect not only for those outside our home, but for those inside our home as well. We must show respect no only for our parents but for our children, because they have value also. In return, we set a good example in the way we treat our children and others, because our children learn from us to regard the personhood of others as well.

     Showing kindness, consideration and respect for others is simply good manners and it is also Biblical, as seen in the following passages.

“I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord,” Jeremiah 9:23, 24.

“A kind-hearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth. A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself,” Proverbs 11:16-17.

     Whether or not a kind temperament comes naturally to your children, it can still be taught and modeled in everyday ways.

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