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Love Matters, doesn't it?LOVE IS... Respectful of All

Listen Objectively; Value Everyone In Sight/InSights...

Love is...

"Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

--Paul in The Holy Bible
I Corinthians 13:4-7

Love Is...

"Love is considered the most basic emotion that human awareness can feel; therefore, it is the closest to the source of life."

--Deepak Chopra in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law."

--Paul in The Holy Bible
Romans 13:10

Love is respectful... Love is considering and honoring others... their whole being - identity, knowledge, ideas, beliefs, expertise, experience, feelings, space, property... with the same respect you show yourself and/or your loved ones. 

So what is respect?  Typically, having respect for someone or something means that we value or admire certain qualities, position, or ability.  Respect may be a high opinion of the other person's judgment or expertise.  Or it may be appreciation simply for who they are.  It is demonstrated by showing favor or consideration or deference or reverence.  Respect is automatic when we recognize and truly understand the value of each person being regarded.
"And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."1 Do we value, respect all that God has created?

-WebStir/klmd LoveIs.org

God Bless the World

God Blessed the World...  (Blessed, Bless, Blesses, Is continuously Blessing...)
"For God SO BLESSED the World that He gave His only begotten Son..."

Respect...

How do we show respect?  By recognizing the value of each person?  By honoring their wishes?  Perhaps by listening and understanding?

The popular phrase "WWJD? - What Would Jesus Do?"  begs us to look at His heart, to listen to Him.  In Romans 5:18, Paul says "...even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men."  Throughout the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, "Jesus went about doing good and healing all who came to Him."2  And as He was dying on the cross, He said "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."3  Now that's respect!

Listen...

LISTEN...
Do we REALLY Listen?  Do we REALLY HEAR what is being said, and more importantly, MEANT?  Listening involves focusing on the speaker and his/her words.  Then, trying to understand the speaker's perspective.  Be objective and open. 

THINK LATER (about your reply); LISTEN NOW.

Eye contact is imperative for effective one-on-one communication... A nod or a smile is a quiet gesture that conveys your interest, without interrupting.  Listening to someone, and understanding, is one of the greatest gifts you can give today...  Go ahead!  Try It!  You'll probably notice a smile of appreciation or an added sparkle in the speaker's eye...   Listening is superb for building self-esteem in children, (teens, and adults) too!

Love is what we demonstrate when we truly listen.

Inspire is what we do when we encourage another's ideas.

Strengthen the bond in ANY relationship, simply by LISTENING...

Teach by listening...  No Kidding!  Ask questions...  Listen CAREFULLY...  Direct/Share accordingly!

Encourage truthfully and with sincerity. 

Need...  Show other's their importance to you by just listening...

--Kammy McElwain, Managing Editor
©McDel Publishing, 2001

Love is Life :: Life is Love

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Exemplary Examples

Daily Grace Inspirations at Joseph Prince Ministries - Videos - Podcasts about Jesus' love for you

Excellent article at Aish.com on love and respect, with a gem about laughter too, by Rabbi Kalman Packouz. If you truly want to understand respect, please read, consider, dwell, meditate on, and learn the prayer quoting Rabbi Zelig Pliskin excerpted from his book, My Father, My King.

Love Songs at Rocky Mountain Ministries - MP3s


What is "The fear of the Lord"? 
Some say awe, some say respect, some say holy fear...

According to God as spoken by Job

"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
-Job 28:28
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According to David...

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever."
-Psalm 111:10

Wisdom

Understanding

Knowledge -

Counsel - to receive instruction
(in humility)

Righteousness

Justice - Equity

Discernment - Prudence

According to Solomon

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
-Proverbs 1:7

According to Paul

The (motivational) gifts of the Spirit are

Prophecy Service Teaching Exhortation Giving Leadership Mercy

"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.  The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.  The righteous cry and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.  And saves those who are crushed/contrite in spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all."
--Psalm 34:11-19

Perhaps it's recognition of the reality that God is alive and well and all-powerful? 
In some contexts, the word "fear" is translated as "being a devotee or follower."

Footnotes
¹The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:27
²paraphrase from Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:39-41, Luke 8:1-2, John 6:1-2 of The Holy Bible
³The Holy Bible, The Book of Luke chapter 23, part of verse 34

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