Friday, September 10th, 2010
"Honor men of all sorts" (1 Peter 2:17)
Of course, we do not limit our respect to those who are part of the Christian congregation. Paul wrote to Christians in his day: "As long as we have time favorable for it, let us work what is good toward all." (Galatians 6:10) Granted, applying that principle can be a challenge if a workmate or a schoolmate treats us unkindly. At such moments, we need to remember the words: "Do not show yourself heated up because of the evildoers." (Psalm 37:1) Applying that counsel will help us to respond respectfully even to opposers. Similarly, while we engage in the public ministry, a humble view of ourselves can help us to respond to all with "a mild temper and deep respect." (1 Peter 3:15) Even our appearance and dress can indicate that we respect those to whom we preach. Indeed, whether we are dealing with our fellow believers or with those outside the congregation, we want to strive to apply the admonition of today's text.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 4:16, 17)