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I Corinthians 10:31 ” So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We hope that we’re honoring God during the Church Service, or when we’re praying for someone in the hospital.  But this Scripture tells us that we need to be showing respect to God in everything we do.  For if you think about it…all aspects of our lives are ordained by His hand.  That includes the mundane and boring, and the simple day-to-day tasks we take for granted.  That’s because we never know when He’ll take a practical chore and turn it into a divinely assigned God moment.

Ephesians 5:21 ” Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Christianity is not a competition sport, but we sure can make it that way.  The Lord tells us to serve one another with love and humility…but we’d rather  make it a contest to see who can be the most spiritual…and the one whose the most  highly respected and honored by others.  So what we’ve done is taken the Lord’s words of submitting to one another… and done the opposite.  Instead of being accountable to God with respect and honor towards fellow Believers…we approach these interactions with envy, competition, and how we can make ourselves look more saintly.  Sadly, this  “holier-than-thou”  attitude is contrary to all of Christ’s teachings, and is actually willful disobedience to His Word.

II John 6 ” And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.”

To walk in love means that the love of God has become so ingrained in you that it has become part of your personality.  I come from a long line of stoic German farmers who are not huggers, so when I became a Nurse,  I had to train myself to touch people…sometimes in very intimate ways, in potentially embarrassing procedures.  And over the years, showing compassion and God’s love through touch just became part of me.  We all need to determine to walk in love.  To respect rather than disregard…to forgive rather than condemn…to show mercy rather than harshness…to be kind rather than cruel.

Malachi 1:6 ” A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me? says the Lord Almighty. “

We’ll readily agree that God is our Heavenly Father and the Master of the universe.  But our actions seldom match the honor and respect we should be showing  the Lord Almighty.  Our reverence and appreciation usually goes to material things and our comfort… rather than God.  We should all then ask ourselves if we’re showing God the respect and honor He’s due, or placing ourselves on the throne instead.

I Peter 2:17 ” Show proper respect to everyone; love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”

Give what is fitting to all people…whether it’s brotherly love, respect, honor, or reverence. For no matter who we are, where we come from, our social status, or place in life…we all deserve respect…one to another.