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    by Cecelia Lester

Respect
Date Posted: November 26, 2021

As children of God we learn to respect those who are in our lives. Respect is a feeling of honor or esteem that, in the world, sometimes a person feels another needs to earn. However, with God it is different. He commands our respect because of Who He is.

When we come to God, we are to humble ourselves and give Him the attention He deserves. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . then I will hear. . . .”(2 Chronicles 7:14) What are the roles or qualities of God that we are to respect?

He is our creator. He formed us inside the secret place (Psalm 139:13,15) He is pleased with His work. “God saw all he had made, and it was very good,(Gen, 1:31 NIV)

He is our redeemer. He bought us back from our sinful selves. “ while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”(Titus 2:13-14)

He is our Healer. Jesus Christ healed people ,sometimes with just a touch “When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying hands on them, he healed them. (Luke 4:40 (NIV) “But Jesus answered,’ No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” (Luke 22:51 NIV), other times He healed by his voice.” Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. . . . . Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’” John 5:7-8 NIV)

He is our Guide. God guides us through each of our days, especially through the tough times. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your right hand against my enemies.” (Psalm 138:7 KJV)

He is our Strength. God is the one standing beside us when we face difficulties in life. (Book of Job)

He is our Problem Solver. “He will perfect that which concerns me.” (Psalm 138:8 KJV) Andre Crouch sings a song, “Through It All”. In one verse he speaks of having problems. “If I didn’t have any problems, I’d never know God could solve them.” Sometimes our problems are so huge that all we can do is ask Jesus to take over and resolve to them.

How are we doing with our relationship with others? With hearing of dysfunctional and splintered families as a part of daily life, we might be failing to come to mutual understanding of our issues.

When we choose to intentionally be mean to others are we disrespecting just them or are we also mistreating God?

I hear people talking bad about others. When I have started to say something, those same people try to turn what they said into a joke. I find this very disrespectful to me because I have to hear it and to the person spoken of as well.

As I stood at the end of a grocery store checkout stand this afternoon, I witnessed a very touching scene. The customer was telling the cashier, “It’s all gone. “ The cashier grasped the lady’s hands and just smiled. “The tumor’s out of my head. Now I have to do chemo and radiation.” She looked at me. All I could do was mouth, “Praise the Lord.” What I saw was tenderness from the cashier. This to me is one form of respect shown a Cancer patient. When I see that cashier again, I will thank her for her compassion.

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Biography Information:

Cecelia Lester has been serious about her writing for over two decades..

She composes Christian essays and posts them to her blog quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/

She has  served in a faith-based organization, Grace In Action  by writing two newsletters and searching for possible grants.

In July 2017, she published her first book, 'Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.'

She and her husband of 53 years live in central Indiana. They have one grown son.

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