According to the Encarta Dictionary the word respect means somewhere between admiration, to simply being considerate or to think about someone besides yourself. Sometimes we get so consumed by our own life that we fail to respect the challenges of others. The truth is that Jesus’ commandment to “love our neighbor as ourself,” is a law of spirit. We must respect ourselves FIRST. As I often say, “I use to hate me, so I hated you.”
It would help us to love others as God loves us and bestow grace like God bestows. We are all children and direct descendants of God, therefore we are all related. As with my own siblings, I may not like them from time to time but I always love them and try to keep my judgment to myself. I have heard people who judge others call it righteous judgment. Righteous means right thought-ness and that means to see the world as God sees the world and that is PERFECT!
God does not portray negative human emotions as God is not human and does not experience fear. All God emotions are based in love and that is why I try to live my life based on God principals or love related. As I take fear out of my life I gain respect for myself and when I respect myself beyond my defects I respect beyond yours. And it is also good to remember that God allows us to go down any road we want, knowing that all roads lead eventually back to God. So don’t be so sure that you know what is best for others as our own life is yet developed.
Respect is a trademark of forgiveness. We must learn to forgive others. Forgiveness is a counteraction of judgment and God does not judge, therefore we should not judge. We are human and do judge so be slow to judge and quick to forgive. God gives us room to make mistakes as all mistakes are lessons necessary for our development. We in turn must be tolerant of others as they progress in their experiences also. If one want respect one must first respect oneself and then offer the same to others. We actually teach people how to treat us. And to further this lesson always remember…
Your Life is PERFECT!
Dr. Randolph Ek, Mpsy.D.