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How to Honor Disrespectful People

Everybody has people in their life that are rude, crude and down-right disrespectful. The question isn’t whether or not you do have these people in your life, but instead how to deal with them, respond to them and handle the sometimes stressful relationship as a whole. How do you honor disrespectful people?

This is a question I get asked all of the time. Whether via email, text or a conversation over coffee, people are yearning to understand the process in which they can honor someone who constantly shows them the opposite.

Who Are They?

1. Family?

2. Friends?

3. Acquaintances?

4. A spouse?

5. Your kids?

6. Your boss?

1 Peter 2:17 says,Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” Although this seems easy as pie, how do we make this a reality in our own lives?

One thing honoring doesn’t mean is that you have no choice but to tolerate one’s abuse. Honoring does not mean that you never confront the obvious problems. Honoring does not mean allowing yourself to constantly get walked on.

How Do We Honor Disrespectful People?

1. Show them love even if they don’t deserve it. (1 John 4:19)

2. You can honor them without agreeing with them. (1 Cor 6:14)

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Jarrid Wilson was a husband, pastor and author relentlessly sharing the love of Jesus. In September of 2019, Jarrid tragically passed away by suicide. He is survived by his wife, Juli, and his two sons, Finch and Denham. His larger than life personality, heart for all people and passion for telling others about the grace and love of Jesus was unmatched, and he is greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We stand on the promise of Revelation 21:4 that reminds us that in heaven, there is no more sorrow, suffering or death. Hope gets the last word.