Respect. God deserves it, and so do all His children. Jesus brilliantly summed up the Law in one word: “love.” It’s a godly kind of love that involves a deep commitment to do good to others even when no one’s looking. It has a lot to do with respect. When we lose respect for someone, we begin to entertain negative thoughts about him. This could then lead to slander, stealing, rape, infidelity, and even murder. But if we love someone, we will respect his rights, his property, and even his time. We’d only have good things to do, say, or think about him. And the more we love, unconditionally, the more we become like our Father; which is the whole point of our being here (1 John 4:7).
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