According to the Bible we are to respect our elders. The word respect actually means to place a great value or high price on something. In our world today, I do not see people respecting others. I see inconsideration for those who are in authority over us or are older than we are. We do not want to think of others first. We only want to please ourselves.
Disrespect is a huge issue. If we allow our children to disrespect us and those God has placed over them, then they will disrespect God and His commands as well. I believe most acts against others, like stealing, lying, and even murder, stems from disrespect and a disregard for the value of others and their belongings.
1 Peter 5:5 ~ Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Children learn to be respectful by our example. If they see us dishonoring our bosses, leaders, or pastors, they will think that is appropriate behavior. We must exhibit respect or deference towards those God has placed in authority over us. Our kiddos are watching us even when we do not realize it. They listen to our words. They hear contempt in our voices when we speak poorly of people. They will mimic our attitudes, actions and vocabulary.
When our children are trained to be in control of their attitudes and words, they will be able to establish good relationships. No one wants to deal with someone who has a belief that they are entitled to act in a way that is haughty and prideful. Everyone enjoys being around those who are humble and who puts others needs above their own.
As your children are learning this concept, be sure take opportunities to teach lessons in humility. When they see that most times they are displaying a lack of respect is derived from an attitude of egotism, they will be able to figure out ways to change and improve their dispositions. You can ask them questions on how they could have handled a situation, or how their attitudes could be more pleasing to God. Together you can look up verses in the Bible on how to act and react properly towards those in authority, and pray that next time they will have the right response.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would
certainly not be for your benefit.
~ Hebrews 13:17
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