Listen Objectively; Value Everyone In Sight/InSights...
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 Yet, He was condemned by the leaders and the masses, and was crucified. As He was dying on the cross, He said "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."3
Now that's respect for each life!
Respectful of All
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?
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.
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.
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...
More inspiration, contemplation, joy, fun... because Love Is.
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.'"
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."
"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."
According to Solomon:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
According to Isaiah:
"And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afllicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist."