I want to take a few moments to talk about how to gain the respect of others. The word respect simply means, “to hold in honor or high regard.” Respect suggests that you value something or someone. Here are three important ways to earn the respect of others.
- Work hard to exceed their expectation. Exceeding the expectations of others is what sets you apart in a competitive environment. The Bible says it best in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” In other words, Paul is encouraging us to exceed the expectations of those we interact with. He is encouraging us to go beyond the call of duty. To be a stand out player. This type of work ethic is what sets you apart from the crowd and helps to earn you the respect you desire.
- Always display strong character. Character is often described as, “who we are and what we do when no one else is watching.” The Bible declares in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I truly believe that charisma may get you noticed, but character earns you respect. Always remember, it’s not your appearance, but rather your actions and attitudes that mean the most in life.
- Put God first in every situation. I am convinced that living your life according to biblical principles is the quickest way to gain the respect of others. The Bible clearly states in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Putting God first means we make pleasing him our first priority. As someone so eloquently put it, “God is not a back-up plan but the Planner of life itself.”
Respect is something we work hard to earn, not something that is freely given. So if you want to earn the respect of those around you, always remember to work hard to exceed their expectations, display strong character, and put God first in everything that you do. I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures on this topic. Proverbs 22:1 states, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”