Show proper respect to everyone… 1 Peter 2:17
Challenge question: Do you respect only the individuals that deserve respect?
There is a popular standard in our society that “Respect must be earned.” As a believer, if we follow trends, we can be certain those trends are in direct opposition to God’s standards for our lives.
God is the Creator of every living and breathing human being. It is our duty to God and to others to honor what occurred on the sixth day:
And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness…And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good. Genesis 1:26,31
As I gave some serious thought to this verse, I can recall a discussion in my Sociology class where we were required to speak on our biases and prejudices, and identify the ethnicities in which they were directed against. The professor listened until I relayed that I did not have biases or prejudices against any group of people. He confronted me with a barrage of questions to which my answers coincided with Genesis 1. Needless to say, he acquiesced to the Word of God; whether it was due to his belief in God or fear of offending those who believed in God, I cannot say. However, it was my opportunity to witness and give honor and glory to God-given diversity.
The next time you are tempted to speak against an individual, contemplate on Genesis 1:26: “All human beings are made in God’s image.” If you are a believer and love God, then you are required to respect what God has created. God has not given us the option to like or dislike what He has made with His own hands.
Imagine a sculptor, shaping a piece of clay, ensuring that every curve and groove will represent perfection. Then try to imagine God who is and always will be perfect, creating human life. Adam and Eve were created with beauty, stature, and immortality. Due to sin, we are imperfect-especially our mindset and thought processes. Even so, we must accept that God lovingly created a diverse population, and “God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good.” If God was pleased, then we are to accept His standards in accepting others.
“For there is no respecter of persons with God.” Romans 2:11
In order to have respect for God, we must rid ourselves of dislikes, prejudices and biases. God created diversity in every aspect of life, and if He was pleased, then we only have one option: Respect all who are created in His image.
T-Today and every day
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please forgive us for disrespecting the diversity that you have given to us. We have sinned against you by our dislikes, biases, and prejudices of others. Help us to love you as indicated by our love for others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz