4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

1 Peter 2:4-5,15-17

Greetings my friends!

How fondly I recall the first time this happened. I was 40 and in my first call. The mother of one of my childhood friends from a town 20 miles from where I was now serving the Lord came to worship at my community of faith. After this encounter I eagerly shared this news with my parents who quickly asked me; “you mean, Pat Fisher?” to which I replied, “I only know her as “Mrs. Fisher, is her first name Pat?”

When and where I grew up first names for parents of friends were honestly not known to children. As a matter of course we were only permitted to call people who were considered our elders as “Mr., Mrs., Miss., or with change of culture of the early 70’s Ms.”

As a young child I was told that this was one way in which I could show people “respect.”

“Respect is an assumption of good faith and competence in another person or in the whole of oneself.” Bing online dictionary

So, I have been pondering, how do we “Respect everyone?”

Here are some of the lessons that I think I have learned over the course of my life in terms of showing “respect” to everyone.

Truly Listen: Every person wants to have their thoughts, opinions, feelings truly heard by others. Do not plan how you are going to respond prior to really listening to what another person has to say.