A Weekly Devotional
Building Continuous, Sustainable, Loving Relationships in the Church
Love is respectful - Verse to memorize for week five (August 10)*
“Show respect for everyone. Love Christians everywhere.”
(1 Peter 2:17 LB)
Friday: “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Proverbs 12:25)
Thought: When we are fearful for the future, we often feel alone. A word of caring can do a lot to ease our fear. Who needs a word of blessing, appreciation, or encouragement from you?
Pray: Asking God to call to your heart and mind the words of people who have blessed and encouraged you, and to show you how to pass that blessing along to someone else.
Review: We all appreciate common courtesy. When it is missing, we notice it. We all want others to show us simple respect. So, how did you do giving it to others. If you have tried to be respectful of others this week, I am sure it took some effort. When we think about it, respect is hard work. What about showing respect for those who are different from us. What about showing respect for little children. Or, even tougher, what about respect for those who disrespect us.
Christ calls each of us to show respect for everyone. By learning to value people as God does, we will find it easier to love and respect all people. In learning the lesson of respect, it is important to remember that love is the most important thing of all.
*(Adapted from 40 Days of Love – Rick Warren)