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Known At The Gates Review

It’s that time of…blogging…again! The time when I have enough topics to do a review. I am excited about this because I enjoy taking a moment to look over how God has been helping me.

So the first topic of the review is respect. This is an area that I always need growth in. I am very opinionated and am often wrong so it is a bad combination. I find myself apologizing a lot.

But I would say that God is helping me to overcome this. There are quite a few areas left that need dealt with but, praise God, I have seen how I am learning to shut my mouth more, to listen more, to respect others and their opinions, and to consider others first.

Granted I am not anywhere near having all these things down at the same time or for any length of time, but I do see growth.

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Respect Them Even When They Try To Kill You…

There was a time in my life that I was struggling to respect someone in a position of authority above me. My disdain for this person was growing daily. I was struggling to not only find anything good to say about this person but to this person. My attitude was beginning to show to those around me in how I treated this person.

This is when God brought me to the lesson of David and Saul. David had been chosen by God to be king. So he knew he was God’s man for the job. Saul was not a good king anymore. David had every cultural right and expectation to overthrow Saul and take what was, according to God, rightfully his. But he did not do this? Why? Because David honored God so much that it caused him to extend that honor to the man that God had originally placed in the kingship.

David had a couple of opportunities to kill Saul and he did not take them. These would have easily been justified as self defense because Saul was hunting David. On one of these instances David tore off a corner of Saul’s cloak to prove how close he was. But then he was convicted.

Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of The Lord.
1 Samuel 24:5-6

How does David continue to speak well of Saul? By remembering that Saul is the Lord’s anointed.

There is so much more to this story than what I have simply stated above. But for today, I just want to make this point. When you are in a place of needing to honor and respect someone that you find difficult to honor and respect, remember that God has placed them in your life for a reason. Honor and respect them for the Lord’s sake, not theirs. David did this and God blessed him abundantly for it.

…those who honor Me I will honor…
1 Samuel 2:30b

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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What do you do when the person of authority is not worthy of the respect?

My pastor, Pat, often tells about a time, before he was a pastor, when he worked in the warehouse of a large hotel. He had to work with a chef at this hotel that did not handle the position of authority he was given properly. Pat had lost all respect for this gentleman and the two were not able to work together. Finally their boss had a conversation with the both of them to get to the bottom of the issue. Pat laid out all the reasons why he upset with the chef and his boss listened carefully. Finally he told Pat that the chef wasn’t going anywhere and that he was going to have to learn to work with him. “Can you respect this man at all?”, “no, I don’t think I can.” “Then can you at least respect the hat?” “Yes, sir, I think I can do that.”

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 13:1

Find something in the person that you can respect and focus on that. Respect that. Pray for more things to respect and let it foster and grow. Only speak of the person in ways of respect. Even casual joking can be dangerous because you never know what you are fostering in someone else’s heart. This is speaking well of someone at the gates, making sure that what you say and do fosters respect in others and nothing else.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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Known At The Gates

Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31:23

How can someone become known in places of authority? Two ways, 1. their own actions and 2. other’s testimonies about them. When we are striving to be those show respect and honor we need to be doing the latter, speaking well of others.

This week we will be focusing on how we speak of others, specifically those in authority above us, be it a position of authority at work, or spiritually someone we should show honor and respect to, like a parent or a pastor.

In a world where communication happens instantly we have a very difficult task ahead of us. It is not easy to think before you speak in such an instant world. Especially when we are seeking to defend ourselves or seeking to explain our own part. Speak well of others, even when it is difficult. Lets go back to the old adage,

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Disclaimer: I am not trying to say that we should condone wrong doing or sin. This is speaking more of those who have lost our respect through actions in the gray areas. The areas of life that are not clear cut wrong doing, but simply not nice. If someone in authority is clearly sinning please seek The Lord and seek Spiritual advice as to how to proceed.

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