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Respect isn’t only earned.

Posted on 12/14/2016 by Greg Yoder

Four times this week I’ve seen Facebook messages or tweets about young people failing to respect their elders. One post was from a 17-year-old who was sitting in a restaurant when a loud group of young people were asked by bothered adults to settle down. This young lady said, “These high schoolers clearly weren’t taught by their parents how to respect adults.” Mom and Dad, are you and I teaching our kids how to respect adults? It starts in our home. Do we allow mouthy, smart-alecky comments directed at us? Stop that in its tracks at an early age, or your kids will be the ones disrespecting adults when they’re away from you. Remember the Scripture, “You who are younger, be subject to the elders....‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ ”

Suggested Reading: 1 Timothy 5:1-2, 1 Peter 5:5

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