Respect

* Showing respect for God

At God’s command, Moses removed his sandals and covered his face.  Taking off his shoes was an act of reverence, conveying his own unworthiness before God.  God is our friend, but he is also our sovereign Lord.  To approach him frivolously shows a lack of respect and sincerity.  When you come to God in worship, do you approach him casually, or do you come as though you were an invited guest before a king?  If necessary, adjust your attitude so it is suitable for approaching a holy God. (NLT)

Exodus 3:5-6 – “Do not come any closer,” God told him.  “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.”  Then he said, “I am the God of your ancestors–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”  When Moses heard this, he hid his face in his hands because he was afraid to look at God.

* How did Deborah command such respect?

She was responsible for leading the people into battle, but more than that, she influenced them to live for God after the battle was over.  Her personality drew people together and commanded the respect of even Barak, a military general.  She was also a prophet, whose main role was to encourage the people to obey God.  Those who lead must not forget about the spiritual condition of those being led.  A true leader is concerned for persons, not just success.

Judges 4:9 – “Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you.  But since you have made this choice, you will receive no honor.  For the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.”  So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.

* Show respect for those in authority over us

David had great respect for Saul, in spite of the fact that Saul was trying to kill him.  Although Saul was sinning and rebelling against God, David still respected the position he held as God’s anointed king.  David knew he would one day be king, and he also knew it was not right to strike down the man God had placed on the throne.  If he assassinated Saul, he would be setting a precedent for his own opponents to remove him some day.

Romans 13:1-7 teaches that God has placed the government and its leaders in power.  We may not know why, but, like David, we are to respect the positions and roles of those to whom God has given authority.  There is one exception, however.  Because God is our highest authority, we should not allow a leader to pressure us to violate God’s law.  (NLT)

1 Samuel 24:5-6 – But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe.  “The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done it,” he said to his men.  “It is a serious thing to attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.”

* – The actions of the valiant warriors who brought back and buried the bodies of King Saul and his sons should encourage us to respect our God-given leaders.  David showed respect for Saul’s position, even when Saul was chasing him to kill him.  How easy it is to be critical of those in authority over us, focusing only on their weaknesses.  We cannot excuse sin, but we should respect the positions of those in authority, whether at work, at church, or in government.   (NLT)

1 Chronicles 10:11-12 – But when the people of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, their warriors went out and brought the bodies of Saul and his three sons back to Jabesh.  Then they buried their remains beneath the oak tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven days.

* Show respect to all people equally

The Amalekites cruelly left this slave to die, but God used him to lead David and his men to the Amalekite camp.  David and his men treated the young man kindly, and he returned the kindness by leading them to the enemy.  Treat those you meet with respect and dignity no matter how insignificant they may seem.  You never know how God will use them to help you or haunt you, depending upon your response to them. (NLT)

1 Samuel 30:11-15 – Some of David’s troops found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David.  They gave him some bread to eat and some water to drink.  They also gave him part of a fig cake and two clusters of raisins because he hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for three days and  nights.  It wasn’t long before his strength returned.

“To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?” David asked him.  “I am an Egyptian–the slave of an Amalekite,” he replied.  “My master left me behind three days ago because I was sick.  We were on our way back from raiding the Kerethites in the Negev, the territory of Judah, and the land of Caleb, and we had just burned Ziklag.”

“Will you lead me to them?” David asked.

The young man replied, “If you swear by God’s name that you will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them.”

* Don’t confuse respect with right living

The Pharisees wrapped their sin in respectability.  They made themselves appear good by publicly doing good deeds and pointing at the sins of others.  Jesus chose to spend time not with these proud, self-righteous religious leaders, but with people who sensed their own sin and knew that they were not good enough for God.  In order to come to God, we must repent; and in order to renounce our sin, we must first acknowledge it. (NLT)

Luke 5:30-32 – But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”  Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do.  I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough.”

* Demand respect for God not yourself

The religious leaders were jealous; Peter and the apostles were already commanding more respect than they had ever received.  The difference, however, was that the religious leaders demanded respect and reverence for themselves; the apostles’ goal was to bring respect and reverence for God.  The apostles were respected, not because they demanded it, but because they deserved it. (NLT)

Acts 5:17 – The high priest and his friends, who were Sadducees, reacted with violent jealousy.

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