Respect versus Acting Respectfully


The word respect has many connotations.

There are people in this world I respect.

Some for their bravery. Others for their kindness or faithfulness or other quality they possess.

I admire them, and in many cases, try to emulate the qualities they exhibit.

Having respect for someone is about who they are and how they act.

Acting Respectfully

Then there’s acting respectfully — courteously –toward everyone.

Even if I don’t agree with them.

Even if they don’t display any admirable qualities.

Even if they don’t treat me respectfully.

Being respectful to others is about me and how I choose to act.

Treating others the way I want to be treated is how I want to act. I’m grateful God helps me be respectful even when it’s difficult.

What helps you act respectfully to others?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.

May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

4 thoughts on “Respect versus Acting Respectfully

  1. I agree with you and Jane. I want to be treated with respect and I want to please God by being respectful. Great reminder, Joni.

  2. I want to try to act respectfully to be pleasing to God:)

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