24th February 2015
‘Excel in showing respect for each other.’ Romans 12:10b (GW)
There are many people in this world who command our respect. When an Olympic athlete competes and wins the gold medal, you have a level of respect for that person. Even if someone wins the gold in walking, that’s still pretty sweet because you know they walk a lot faster than you!
The world’s way of doing things says you only have to respect people who earn it – the popular, the experts, the beautiful, the powerful. The world’s focus is on earning respect and not giving respect. We concern ourselves with achieving or talking like we’ve achieved, so we might somehow gain the respect of others around us.
God’s standard is different, and it leads to a more powerful and fulfilling life. As Christians, we ought to show respect to everyone – even if they haven’t ‘earned it’. This isn’t some minor concern; this is something we are to excel at.
Question to consider
How does showing respect to others present the greatest challenge to you?
Pray that God will help you to show love and respect to others. Pray that as groups meet during the week they will also show love and respect to each other.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.