We can demonstrate respect to our children, by showing value to our neighbors.
Who is your neighbor?
- Your neighbor might be of a different race or culture than you.
- Your neighbor might be of a different age or gender than you.
- Your neighbor might be of a different religion than you.
- Your neighbor might be of a different economic situation than you.
- Your neighbor might be in a different level of maturity or wholeness.
Why love your neighbor?
Your neighbor has value before God. Whatever the differences might be, we all have value.
The Good Samaritan showed value to the Jew who was beaten and robbed. The religious leaders passed the hurting Jew by because they didn’t have any respect for a hurting person. The some kind of thing can happen for someone who needs wholeness on the inside. There are immature people all around us that are in need of knowledge and wisdom. There are hurting people all around us who are in need of acceptance and love. There are dysfunctional people around us who are in need of help with healthy boundaries and corrected perspectives.
Luke 10:27 “love… your neighbor as yourself.”
Someone who is from a poorer economic situation is no less valuable as a child of God than someone who is from a higher economic situation. A person’s worth is not just based on what they can do for us or our agenda; they have worth based on who they are.
James 2:9a “If you show partiality, you commit sin…”
God says that we all are equal in our worth to Him. Whether we are male or female, a Jew or a Greek, an employer or an employee – in Christ, we are all one.
Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
If someone has a different religion than a faith through Christ Jesus, then we understand they are on their own path, not the path that leads to life. If we value that person, we will show that person our love and then the truth we embrace. This is a true saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
How can we demonstrate respect for our neighbor?
- Demonstrate respect by purposely introducing your children to a variety of people, educators, influencers, entertainers, etc.
- Celebrate people of diversity.
- When you take your children on outreaches, demonstrate respect for people in need by taking time to get to know them.
- When you give to someone in need, give them the best you have.
- When speaking of someone of a different religion, teach your children the truth, but be careful that your attitude and speech reflect compassion and understanding.
- Demonstrate respect for an elderly person by opening a door or carrying a package.
- Demonstrate how not to interrupt others. Instruct them not to interrupt others. And do your best not to interrupt them. They learn respect by how they are treated.
Let everything that we do be done in love, and let our children watch it in action. They will catch on to those values, and as they grow, hopefully they will make those values their own.