24 Jan RESPECT EVERYONE
14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
One area where most people fall short in their relationships is respecting others. As humans, our criteria for respecting others are often far removed from God’s standards. We tend to respect people for basically three reasons: money, physical looks and fame.
Jesus demonstrated profoundly the reason we should respect people. Look at Jesus’ statement before healing the woman: She is the daughter of Abraham. In other words, she is of value before God. It is her value before God that earned her healing on the Sabbath day; not what she looked like on the outside.
Every day the believer passes by several people who do not look like they deserve our respect. Jesus calls us to acknowledge people not for great things they have accomplished in this life, but for who they are – made in the image of God, redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb and citizens of heaven.
Remember this extends even to the non-believers. How did you treat the taxi driver who picked you this morning for work, or the driver’s mate who took the lorry fare on the “tro-tro” or vehicle you boarded or the driver who drove you to your office, or the security man at the entrance of your office, or your house help?
1. Time to praise God for making you a unique person and a person of great value before all men.
2. Ask for grace and humility to acknowledge others who have also been made in the image of God.
3. Father, please help me to not discriminate in who I respect and who I do not, since we are all made in Your image.
I declare that I am blessed, highly favored and honored by God. I know my God has equally blessed and honored many others around me. We are all made in His image and I acknowledge that. Henceforth, I declare that I will give respect to anyone that comes my way for as long as God’s image abides in that person; so help me God.