Key Verse: Verse 4 – “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor suchas turn aside to lies.”
Key Words: and respecteth not the proud
Respect must be earned! How many times have you heard that one? Well, it’s true, you know, respect can’t be demanded; it must be deserved. It comes through our actions and attitude toward others. The Bible teaches us that we reap what we sow. If I want respect, I must give respect, but the proud only respect three people: me, myself, and I. As a result, they generally only get respect from those three and no more.
James Whistler, the Victorian artist, showed scant respect for the hierarchy of any profession. When his poodle fell ill with a throat infection, he sent immediately for the country’s leading ear, nose, and throat specialist, Sir Morell Mackenzie. The great man was not amused when he was shown his patient, but he conducted a thorough examination, wrote out a prescription, and left with his fee. The next day Whistler received a message asking him to call on Mackenzie without delay. Fearing some development in the poodle’s condition, Whistler hurried to the doctor’s house. “So good of you to come, Mr. Whistler,” said Mackenzie as his visitor was shown in. “I wanted to see you about having my front door painted.”
Amen! If I want respect, I must give something a person of pride has a very difficult time doing.
What to do:
✞ You want respect then respect others!
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