“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17
God’s Word makes it clear that our duty as a believer to show honor and respect to others regardless of whom they are. The reasons for this is that first, we represent a higher authority, which is Jesus Christ. Second, when we show honor and respect we are showing others that we truly belong to HIM. And third, the Lord commands and expects us too.
Let’s be honest this is not always easy, especially when the other that we need to show respect too has treated us wrong. So how do we do it? I believe is by remembering three great assets of a Christian: prayer, forgiveness and love. If we truly seek God through prayer, He will help us to forgive and show us how to love others.