Respect is a little word that has a profound meaning, for without respect a person will not really "make it" in whatever he or she does or hopes for in this world and life.
The kind of respect referred to here is that inner conviction that every other person, all persons, is to be regarded as having a rightful place on Earth. Every human being has a God-given soul. While it is a truism that "if you want respect, give respect," the motive for giving should not be for the sake of return, but because respect is a right human attitude that ideally should be mutual and universal.
Respect is a spiritual and moral value. Being courteous, complimentary, considerate, grateful and friendly are all signs of respect. A person who is on time, starts on time and keeps responsibility is showing respect. The first amendment "free speech" clause means all should respect freedom of thought and discussion. An increasing universal attitude of respect for all would bring fundamental freedoms and human rights to more people.
If every person in the community made a commitment to respect every other person, it would improve the quality of life for the whole community. Could this ever happen worldwide? Such is not likely with human nature being self-centered. But most great movements start with a person, then reach out, which is the right direction for improvement, and with God all things are possible.
The kind of relationship one has with others affects ideas about what is right or wrong. The right relationship with God is to love and serve Him, and to love one another. To "love" an evil person is not the same kind (type, level) as loving God. Respect also has different levels of relationship, but each is a positive attitude.
To show respect to everyone does not mean approving of evil personalities and actions, nor does it deny that there be justice. Revenge is not justice. There are some very wicked and degenerate people in this world, and all too often results in tragedy close to home.
But for one to show disrespect to one who is disrespectful or evil adds up to two who are disrespectful. Responsible judgment of another will not favor one or discriminate against another because of position, power, wealth or the lack of such positions in life. Likewise, respect is impartial and looks to the inner soul.
What this adds up to, whether the person is near or distant, friend or foe, of high estate or low, righteous or evil, he or she is a soul that is to be regarded with fairness. That makes respect very important in human relationships.
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