Respect isn’t earned, it’s a right. We don’t pick and choose who deserves respect or when to give respect. It is something that everyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done, deserves. We are all created in the image of God. We are loved not because of what we do and don’t do but because God loves us with an unmerited, eternal love.
That’s why we shouldn’t repay evil, with evil but to do good to those that persecute us.
We also have the right to say no. To remove people from our lives that do not treat us with respect. It would be an injustice to allow people to mistreat you all for a false sense of kindness. God gives us discernment and he tells us exactly when we are to endure for the sake of the gospel or to flee. God loves us so much, he will not leave us in the dark. He will not leave us to figure things out on our own. At the end of the day, true love and kindness comes from God. It is not something we do just for the sake of doing it. It is not by our works that we are saved but through salvation through Jesus Christ.
From today, I purpose to do everything for God. I know that if I do things for him, it will be healthy and in wisdom.