Evaluating the Fruit


It seems, too often, so many feel a lack of respect from others in their lives. Feelings of disrespect appear to be a reciprocal dilemma, and present in a variety of relationships- family, friends, coworkers, etc. In my humble opinion, I see a misunderstanding perpetuating from increasingly selfish desires, of which I, too, have been guilty of…

Respect is defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Selfishness is lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

I think it may be helpful if we begin to look inward, evaluating if our personal behaviors are respectful or selfish, first!

James 3:16-18 “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

If we evaluate our behaviors as selfish, we must constantly seek humility, rebuking our worldly arrogance. If we examine the behaviors and fruits of someone as selfish, what kind of healthy boundaries can be drawn without others feeling disrespected?

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