Never forget to show respect and hospitality to those who you are unfamiliar with because some have encountered messengers be it from God or men without ever knowing it. (My Translation) Heb.13:2
Matthew 12:36-37 (AMP)
36But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every [a]idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.
37For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
The day of judgment is sure to come for our words whatever it is eventually it will come out of us and when it does it brings us unto a day of judgment and condemnation not by God but by our own heart.
When we speak empty words it will produce an empty life we are the one’s who produce that judgment not God, but our own words.
I think in order to understand respect we must understand what dis-respect is.
All things begin with the tongue if we can turn our tongue we can turn our life.
Dis-respect in it’s root is devaluing of our own selves because we don’t really go deep into our own belief system we don’t think we really matter, and anything we don’t value we will inevitably abuse.
Dis-respect is marked by impatience, rudeness, profanity and selfishness and it has no place in the life of a son of God, some say profanity in ancient times was the mocking of deities or what belongs to God it was considered outside the temple.
Now in our culture it is common place and it is a big part of the deterioration of our society,
We hear it in movies, music, political figures, sports, yes and even preachers etc.etc..
Parents often curse their children and then it comes back to them in the name of unharnessed emotions eventually causing everyone harm.
When Peter wanted to prove he was not a disciple of Jesus he began to swear and curse himself. Mt.26:74-75
We have no record of Jesus using curse words the closest we have is he called Herod a fox, but (He chose His words carefully) and He is our pattern for walking out this life. 1 John 2:6
I am not saying we should become legalistic and pronounce curses on those who curse nor am I saying it is alright to say anything we want yet we are free to do such our mouth belongs to us, but it comes with a personal cost to the one who says it in ways we may never know and it does reveal a heart of disrespect for others who hear you
I had a man who like to cuss in front of me he was trying to disturb me, one day he said so what do you think of that preacher my reply was I don’t think anything about it I didn’t say it that is your problem not mine, but I added when we do grow up we learn to talk right he later called me his personal pastor.
7 Things About Respect
1-Respect is access to open doors of favor and opportunities it sets you above the norm.
2- Respect is the understanding that everyone matters and every soul has value no matter what they may have done or said.
3 -Respect is the love of God expressed to heal the hurting soul.
4 -Respect is the honor and recognition of God ordained authority and authority figures.
5-Respect is the appreciation of people who you can make them feel great by lifting them up it unlocks their divine potential.
6-Respect for others is respecting God I cannot disrespect you and respect Him at the same time.
7-Respect for each other is indeed common courtesy and a key to an abundant peaceful life.