Posted by: peebles | September 20, 2013

1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) ~ Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, published in 1960. It was instantly successful and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbours, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

One of the most moving scenes in film history occurs in To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the little girl, Scout Finch (played by Jean Louise), who has been watching her father, a lawyer by the name of Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck), as he pleads for the life of a falsely accused black man in the old South. As her father is leaving the court room beneath her, she is exhorted by an elderly black spectator in the gallery to rise to her feet.  “Your father is passing,” he explains.

My heart immediately brought the verse of Scripture to mind from Leviticus 19:32 (NIV), “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.”  The Greek word from our text for today for “respect” is timao which means to honour, value, show respect, give recognition. To be respectful of someone is to show them an attitude of admiration and to have an attitude of esteem towards them.

Have we, as a society, lost the true meaning of how to treat someone with respect? Respect is a part of your character which when displayed reaps rewards in return. To win the respect of someone is a noble task. Our text for today exhorts us in 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV), “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.”

My friend, there is not only a moral value within our text, but a Kingdom living principle, as well. When you show respect, you are in essence showing love, for love is never rude, it is never disrespectful of the truth of the word of God, but will always want to honour God by obeying His word. As we do so, we show proper reverence to God and honour our King Jesus. Therefore, let us show proper respect where it is due to one another. Let us be respectful of other people and their property, so they in turn, will show respect for the Kingdom of God and His message through us.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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