27 March 2008 ~ 6 Comments

Thought For The Day: Love And Respect

So here is what was bouncing around in my dome this morning on my bike ride home from Lulu’s.

Is it possible to love and genuinely care about a person, even go so far as to consider someone a "friend", yet at the same time have little to no respect for that person? Or do love, friendship, and respect go hand in hand, and you cannot have one without the other?
What do you think?

6 Responses to “Thought For The Day: Love And Respect”

  1. Bret 31 March 2008 at 5:16 pm Permalink

    I think there comes a time when you can “redefine the relationship” as an old friend* once said.
    Most will agree that the Bible calls us to love and care about people, but I don’t necessarily agree that you have to like everybody.

  2. lori 28 March 2008 at 7:43 pm Permalink

    Interesting thought. I have a friend who is kind, loyal, thoughtful, and I know that she would do anything for me that I ask. Unfortunately I don’t respect MANY of her moral or personal decisions. She isn’t a Christian, but she knows what I think and chooses to be my friend anyway and for that I will continue to be her friend.

  3. Zachary 28 March 2008 at 6:07 pm Permalink

    It’s not as clear-cut when it comes to friends, I think, but when applying the concepts to one’s enemies it seems less problematic: It does not seem right to say that we should always respect our enemies, even though it is true that we should always love them.
    Part of the problem, though, is that the term “respect” is ambiguous and has several distinct meanings, each of which may be compatible or synonymous with love to differing degrees: http://www.answers.com/respect&r=67

  4. eric 28 March 2008 at 12:19 pm Permalink

    Ephesians 5:33 “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
    Hmmm… Don’t know how that applies here, but it’s what came to mind. ;)

  5. bobby 27 March 2008 at 5:32 pm Permalink

    Dang it…was it that thinly veiled Ryan? ;)

  6. Ryan Lipert 27 March 2008 at 2:15 pm Permalink

    Are you saying you don’t respect me dude?

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