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Respect For Everyone

Leadership / Personal Development //

1 Peter 2:17a “Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters.” (NLT)

Read 2 Kings 2:19-25.

When is a joke not a joke? How far is too far? When does saying, “I’m just kidding,” become an excuse for saying whatever we want?
It comes down to respect. What happened to Elisha was not a simple case of name-calling. Read 2 Kings 2:25 again. There were at least forty-two boys in this gang, maybe more! Can you imagine being stalked and yelled at by more than forty people? This was a threatening situation that had everything to do with respect. These boys were not just showing disrespect for a balding man, they were showing disrespect for the representative of God. The SAME God that had used this man to save their city from a poisonous water supply!
These boys were showing disrespect to God when they showed disrespect to Elisha and we do the same thing when we disrespect others. In 1 Peter 2:17 we are commanded to respect everyone. Our family. Our friends. Our church leaders. Our employers. Even politicians whom we disagree with. Yes, even the one you are thinking of right now! Everyone.

So regardless of who someone is, what they have done, or if we agree with them, as followers of Christ we should treat all people with respect. Don’t cause God to call out a bear out on you!

Note: This devotional is taken from the Elevate series, Dojo Kids.

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About the Author

Mike Johnson has been the Global Children’s Pastor of Fellowship Church since 1993. In that time, he has seen FC Kids grow from 150 to over 4,000 children at 9 Fellowship Church campuses in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina. Mike has a passion to reach children with the love of Christ and to teach them how to apply the principles of the Bible to become the leaders that God designed them to be. In addition to his responsibilities as a Children’s Pastor, Mike Johnson is the Executive Producer of Elevate resources on ElevateAtChurch.com and LeadershipForKids.tv. Mike has a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Masters degree in Christian Education with a Children’s emphasis. In his spare time, Mike enjoys sculpting, carpentry, movies and most of all, spending time with his family.