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Education: What is Respect? What Does Abba Yah say about Respect and Honor?

This lesson is going to discuss the types of respect we should have today and for what. I use to teach about respect using this information to the kids on the unit. I think that many people do not understand what respect means. Before doing this group, I didn't realize just how much or how little respect was valued until it was broken down and I taught it back.

What does The Bible Say About Respect? Did you know the term Respect isn't used much in KJV versions of the Bible? I didn't find the word often in ESV versions either.

1.) The Bible defines Respect as Honor.

Ephesisans 6:2

Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

honor G5091-τιμάωtimáō, tim-ah'-o; from G5093; to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; by implication, to revere:—honour, value.

2.) Respect is defined as Submission.

Ephesians 5:21

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Submitting G5293 ὑποτάσσωhypotássō, hoop-ot-as'-so; from G5259 and G5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto.

3.) Respect is defined as Obeying

Ephesians 6:1

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Obeying G5219ὑπακούωhypakoúō, hoop-ak-oo'-o; from G5259 and G191; to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority:—hearken, be obedient to, obey.

4.) Respect is Love

John 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Love G25 ἀγαπάωagapáō, ag-ap-ah'-o; perhaps from ἄγαν ágan (much) (or compare H5689); to love (in a social or moral sense):—(be-)love(-ed). Compare G5368.

***G5368φιλέωphiléō, fil-eh'-o; from G5384; to be a friend to (fond of (an individual or an object)), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while G25 is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as G2309 and G1014, or as G2372 and G3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specially, to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):—kiss, love.

Examples of Respect


It refers to the act of valuing and appreciating oneself, accepting one's convictions no matter what others think (as long as they do not harm anyone with their actions).

Respect to the others

It is the act of tolerating, considering and accepting another person, despite the differences between them.

Some examples of respect for others are:

  1. Respect for parents.

  2. Respect for women and men (refers to equal treatment, that is, both men and women have the same rights).

  3. Respect for teachers.

  4. Respect for the elderly (grandparents, grandmothers).

  5. Respect the religious beliefs of others (avoid discrediting and making fun of those who practice a particular religion).

  6. Respect to people belonging to the community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexual.

  7. Respect classmates and work (avoid gossip, teasing and value judgments).

Respect for social norms

Respecting social norms means following the set of rules that govern the actions of human beings within society.

Some examples of respect for social norms are:

  1. Respect the rules of courtesy.

  2. Respect the work schedule.

  3. Have respect for the belongings of others.

  4. Respect the rules of the good speaker and the good listener (listen carefully and wait the turn to be able to speak).

  5. Respect the opinions of co-workers, class, among others.

Respect for values

For a society to live in harmony, it is necessary to put into practice the values And honor them, since they are the ones who govern moral norms.

Respect for values ​​implies acting in accordance with them. For example:

Respect for sincerity means honoring the value of sincerity, understanding that it is necessary to tell the truth even if it is difficult.

Respect for culture

Culture represents the beliefs and activities shared by members of a community allowing them to express themselves.

Culture varies from one society to another. It is therefore necessary to recognize that other beliefs exist and to accept them.

In order to respect the culture of others, the following aspects must be taken into account:

  1. Avoid imposing beliefs on others.

  2. Know about other cultures (in order to avoid incurring misconduct).

  3. Avoid value judgments and opinions about other cultures (sometimes what is frowned upon for one culture, for another is something that happens normally and is not necessarily a bad deed).

  4. Participate in cultural activities.

  5. Ask about beliefs and traditions (in order to expand knowledge about that culture).

Respect for human life

The human being from the moment he is born acquires the right to life. Consequently, it is the duty of everyone to respect that right. Therefore, no one should take the life of another human being.

Respect for laws

Laws are binding legal rules established by the competent authority.

We cannot manifest into Reality what Abba Yah has stored up for us if we do not have Respect for Him or for this Life He Has Given to Us. Not only Respect for Him, but Respect for ourselves. If we do not respect ourselves, we cannot Respect others.

For More Information on What The Bible Says about Respect

Strong's Hebrew/Greek Concordance

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