When I worked in retail, I was sitting in the break room, when a manager and employee walked in. The manager was trying to resolve a complaint from the employee about someone who was over them in their department. The manager said something that has stuck with me ever since. “You got to give respect to get respect.” Sometimes we are caught up in situations at work, school, church, or home where we may not like something or feel that our ideas are better than those making the decisions over us. It is easy to go out and complain about your coworkers, your boss, your pastor, etc. But one area God has really taught me in is that if I want to earn respect from my peers, it is best to be respectful, honest, and true.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.