The dictionary defines respect “as an esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability”. To be respected in any relationship you find yourself in is to give due admiration for the other party inspite of the weaknesses exhibited. Respect is something every human being craves. It’s synonymous to placing value on an object. Anytime you place value on something, you esteem it. (Click here and tweet this). Anything that is esteemed tends to exhibit its best. Let us face it, we all desire respect and we thrive well where we are respected.
It takes so much boldness to commit your vision, dreams and finally yourself to a relationship. (Click here and tweet this). Thus when respect is trampled underfoot it maims a person’s ability to produce their best. Respect is a natural course of life and you can’t avoid it. Interestingly God respects you! Because of the enormity of God's respect for us, He has freely blessed us with talents, gifts and abilities without any input from us. Respect I believe is one of the core pillars for any successful relationship. (Click here and tweet this).
I have seen people who followed dreams, businesses, and even fall in love with people they truly don’t have any respect for. The end result has been disaster! Many women and men often stay in a relationship inspite of the constant disrespect meted out to them. Sometimes I wonder why people justify their presence in certain relationships! To be respected is for someone to say “I have confidence in you inspite of your short-coming and that am willing to help you if you allow me. If peradventure you don’t need help, I wouldn’t abandon the purpose for which I am in this relationship for.”
We don’t have to think the same in a relationship but your ability to respect the others opinion is paramount as it engenders a sense of well being. (Click here and tweet this). Two people, plans or ideas will never be the same. When the common ground is found through respect, we can move forward in progress. Where there is no respect, suspicions reign supreme. My ability to respect the next person determines my desire to go the extra mile in making sure the purpose for which we have set ourselves for will surely be achieved.
The only time we lose respect is when your values are not clear. (Click here and tweet this). A haphazard way of relating isn’t the best way to gain respect. Respect isn’t demanded it’s commanded and you do so by your deeds. If your deeds are genuine and straight forward, respect automatically springs up. In the mind of the other person, the word “I can trust you" is stirred up.
Respect is a must because many people in positions of authority in our times have lost the legitimacy and credibility to lead. The lack of integrity is so much pervasive in society these days. It will behove those of us desiring prosperous relationships to take a stand for respect. When you have integrity and your deeds can be substantiated, people will put you on pedestal of respect. (Click here and tweet this) On the contrary, when you demand respect, it’s a display of weakness and a sign of a complex. It tells the other person you are inadequate and cannot be trusted.
Questions: What does respect mean to you in relationship? Kindly leave your comments on the blog.
Yours In His Service
Joe Akuoko II