Respect For Others
To recognize and honor the essential
goodness of each person.
• Latin roots of the word means ,literally,
“to look again.”
• We must take another, deeper look into
others to find the person that God loves.
• From the view of justice, respect of this
kind is a basic human right .
• Jesus’ love encompassed everyone.
Created in the image & likeness of…
• Created in the image and likeness of God -
each one of us.
• Free Will - We make choices
• We make choices deciding what is right or
wrong in situations.
• Respect for others, respect for our world (as
God’s creations) and self-respect act as
guides in making moral choices.
• “Golden Rule” is the basic principle we follow
in exercising or showing respect.
• Empathy is the main tool we use in arriving
at an attitude of respect.
• Genuine respect for others builds upon
healthy respect for oneself. Persons lacking
self-respect may be skilled at showing
deference to other people; however, that
deference is not respect but an expression of
To have a strong sense of the appropriate
obligations and limits between oneself
and others in interpersonal relationships.
The ability to understand another’s feelings,
thoughts, and experiences from that person’s
point of view.
• To draw upon one’s own experiences
• To use the gift of our imagination
• To desire for others the type of treatment we
would expect for ourselves
When we are empathetic, we find that other
people, like ourselves, want these things in
• To be treated as valuable in ourselves, not to
be used by others. (manipulative behavior)
• To be treated with care, not violence
• To not be put down for belonging to a certain
group or category of people. (prejudice)
“The Golden Rule”
To do unto others as you would have
others do unto you.
The universal principle of peace and
• Not our business
• What goes around comes around
• Look at our own motives or other’s motives
• Group behavior
• Distortion of the truth in the telling and re-
• The thrill of it
• Christians are challenged to form
relationships based on valuing other
persons as worthy and wonderful in
themselves, apart from what they can
do for us.
• Being useful to others is different than
• Valuing what a person does for us
should not be confused with valuing a
• The tendency to use and manipulate
others can develop into a way of life.
Prejudice - A favorable or unfavorable feeling
toward a person or a thing, not based on
actual fact, or based on insufficient
Stereotypes - Oversimplified generalizations
about people based on assumptions about a
group or category of people as a whole that
may have little or no basis in fact.
• Most prejudice is rooted in fear, which in turn
often stems from ignorance. We fear what we
do not know.
• People with a poor self image often put down
others in an attempt to feel better about
• Knowledge of real individuals brings
understanding. One way to melt away
prejudice is by getting to know people that
are part of a group that is feared or
Being treated without violence is the bare
minimum in terms of respect.
• The chances of a person being
assaulted, or even killed are much
greater in their own home, at the hand
of a loved one, than on the streets, by a
stranger. (Statistics on pp. 201- 202)
• 41% of high school students have been
involved in dating violence - usually in a long-
term dating relationship.
• Patterns of violence in dating relationships
tend to follow patterns of violence that the
young person in the relationship experienced
or witnessed as a child with his or her
• Abuse need not be physical.
• A child is constantly reminded through words,
actions, or neglect how unlovable he or she
• Some react to such abuse by finding others to
bully or to put down.
• Some react by becoming so numbed by
emotional abuse that they tolerate it in their
• Feelings of frustration, hopelessness,
and powerlessness can lead to alcohol
or drug abuse which also figures
prominently in domestic abuse.
• Patterns of abuse may be passed from
one generation to the next.
Whenever a person is forced to have
sexual intercourse with another, that
act is rape.
Sexual Abuse of Young People
• In addition to possible physical harm, sexual
abuse often causes serious immediate and
long-term psychological damage, including
the impairment of the person’s ability to trust
• 20 to 30% of adult females surveyed report
that they were sexually abused before the
age of fourteen (most between ages 5 and 8).
• About 10% of adult males report that they
were sexually abused as children.
• The shame and the mistaken belief that
the abuse is the child’s fault are often so
intense that the child represses all
memory of it until years later.
• People who commit sex crimes as
adults were usually abused as children.
• By creating us as sexual creatures, God
affirms the goodness of sex, our bodies,
and our sexual feelings.
• The problem with pornography in films,
magazines, and music videos and lyrics
is the way in which sex is portrayed and
promoted - as linked with exploitation
Pornography is the sexual depictions of
persons in ways that imply or encourage
the denial of their full humanity.
5 Stages of Prejudice
1) Anti-Locution - verbal attacks
2) Avoidance - to physically ignore
3) Discrimination - denies people rights
4) Physical Attack - on people or
5) Extermination - murder, genocide