Valuing and Respecting People

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. . . . Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:9-10, 16-17).

VALUING AND RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE comes from a right heart and right behaviors. The right heart begins with receiving Jesus’ love for us and then expressing it to others. This is what it looks like.

Behavior #1: Talk Straight

Be honest. Tell the truth. Let people know where you stand. Use simple language. Call things what they are. Demonstrate integrity. Don’t manipulate people or distort facts. Don’t spin the truth. Don’t leave false impressions.

Behavior #2: Demonstrate Respect

Treat everyone with respect. Show kindness in the little things. Behave in ways that demonstrate caring. Never take existing relationships for granted—particularly relationships with loved ones, family, and friends.

A good leader takes nothing for granted and recognizes the contributions made by everyone on the team. Think about specific things you can do to show others you care about them. Call people. Write thank-you notes. Give acknowledgment. Send e-mails of concern. Try to do something each day to put a smile on someone’s face.

Behavior #3: Create Transparency

Transparency is about being open, real, and genuine and telling the truth in a way that people can verify. Disclose relationships, interests, and conflicts ahead of time so that everything is always out in the open.

Behavior #4: Right Wrongs

Make things right when you’re wrong. Apologize quickly. Make restitution where possible. Practice service recoveries. Demonstrate personal humility. Don’t cover things up.

“Forget yourself and live for others, for It is more blessed to give than to receive.” — A. B. Simpson


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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.

Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.

These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –

  • A Foundational Focus
  • A Personal Focus
  • A Relational Focus
  • A Missional Focus

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