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All I’m asking is for a little respect

In light of the disdain and outward opinion from our society with the newly elected President, I have noticed we lack something vital. That something is respect. To respect is to have due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of someone else. Now, please realize that I do not care for most politicians myself. I don’t trust what they promise or say. I did not care for Donald Trump and things he said and did while he campaigned. But, he is our president now and we have to respect him as our leader. 1 Peter 2:13 – 17 says, “For the Lord’s sake, yield to the people who have authority in this world: the king, who is the highest authority, and the leaders who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. It is God’s desire that by doing good you should stop foolish people from saying stupid things about you. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as servants of God. Show respect for all people: Love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honor the king.”

Yield to people who have authority. Think about the headlines that have hit media in the past year. We witnessed throughout the country that policemen were targeted as evil and provokers of violence rather than civil leaders who place their very lives in danger every day to protect civilians. Why do we think we shouldn’t yield to their authority? A policeman’s job is hard, stressful, and low paying. They have to be on guard for anyone they approach in any dispute, matter, or traffic violation. They have to expect the unexpected because they never know if the person they are questioning is a loose cannon or not. Let’s respect and yield to those who are in authority…..for the Lord’s sake. The highest person in authority in the United States is the President. Like him or not, we must yield and respect him. We should also pray for him and others that are placed in those authoritative positions. We need to pray for wisdom for our leaders, that they will make just decisions and listen to both parties and rising smaller political parties that represent our country. All political parties need to respect one another, by not screaming and calling each other names, but coming together and finding that common ground. I can’t stand politics. I always disliked it and I’ve loathed it even more in the past decade because of the nastiness and arrogance of people arguing for their party to the point of belittling those opposed to their party. I’ve observed the lack of respect on both sides. So, respect is definitely missing from the picture.

Tearing more into the scripture, it states that God’s desire is that by doing good (not disrespecting, name calling, accusing, screaming, belittling, mocking, ect..) it will stop people from saying stupid things about you. How do we do good? First, don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. In other words don’t say things like “It’s my God given right to……(you can fill in the blank). “ Second, we are to live as servants of God. A servant in this context is defined as a devoted and helpful follower or supporter. As a servant, when you are out and about, however you act represents who your Master is. Do you represent God the way He wants others to see Him? Third, we are to show respect for all people. All means everyone, even those who are different from you. Fourth, love your Christian family. Don’t gossip and hate on someone in your Christian family, but love them. If it’s hard to love a certain someone in your family, ask God to increase His love in you to achieve that love and respect for them. Lastly the scripture says to respect God and to honor the king. God is our heavenly king. He is the ultimate one in charge of all things in Heaven and on earth. We respect God by being obedient to him and adhering to the golden rule. Love God, love others. I’m not saying that is an easy thing, but it is possible if you allow God to empower you to love by His spirit.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2017 in Life, Spiritual Reflections

 

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100% Love

imagesCANR42GWThis week I read about a pastor who wrote something rather rude on a receipt to her waitress. She said that she only gives God 10% so why do you deserve 18%? The waitress shared her experience on a social network site which in turn went viral. The pastor called the restaurant and complained, which in turn caused the waitress to loose her job. There are so many things wrong in this picture. First, shouldn’t a representative of God display love and respect toward her server? Second, how many of us only give God a small portion of ourselves. I know the Pastor was speaking in terms of money to the church, but I begun thinking how much actually is 10%. It’s really only a small portion. How much percent of our income do we spend on entertainment? Is it only 10%? In terms of time, how much time do we give God? Do we allot Him 10% of our time? What is required? How much time do we use to serve others? Shouldn’t we give most of ourselves if not all of ourselves to God and others? How do you represent Christ to those who are outsiders? The third thing that upsets me with this situation is the waitress lost her job. How much more is she going to resent Christians because of the incident that happened to her? If you are a christian you are supposed to be a light. Please think about this when you are out in public and in your private life. I love the song “People of God,” by Gungor. Read the lyrics below and think about shining love of Jesus on others.

We could have tongues of angels
We could move mountains with our faith
We could give everything away
But if we don’t have love
We’re left with nothing
We could see blind eyes opened
Know all the mysteries of our faith
We could sing all the highest praise
But if we don’t have love
We’re left with nothing
People of God rise up
Rise up and shine God’s love
We are the light of the world
Of the world oh
We are the light of the world
Of the world oh
Love is what holds it all together
Love never fails, it never dies
There is no deeper truth
We know God is love, our God is love
Tear down the walls that divide us
Let love rebuild and unite us
All we need is

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34 (NLT)
All we need is love

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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