First, we were reminded that Christians should respect and fear the Lord who is the Almighty Creator God. Without Him, we would not exist. He is all-powerful and above all else. The scriptures record this command: And you must love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength. And you must love others the same as yourself (Mark 12:33). No other command requires a love that fills the whole heart, permeates every thought, and utilizes your complete self, the sum of your intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual being. These words were quoted from the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. The multiple assets mentioned, heart, mind, and strength, emphasize the thoroughness and fervency that our love for God should embrace. Furthermore, our love for God should be the foundation for every service and sacrifice done in His name.
The second part of Mark 12:33 speaks of the second type of respect, respect for others. Every person is worthy of our respect because every person was created by and for God. Because of His great love for every person, God sacrificed His own Son to have a relationship with every one of us.Therefore, every person is entitled to respect. Jesus said that all laws are summed up in this one command. Love does not hurt others, so loving others is the same as obeying all God’s commands.
Third, Jesus commanded us to respect those in authority over us - those who govern over us, those with parental authority over us, and those who have workplace authority over us. There are many verses concerning this command and all agree that even when we disagree with the person in authority, we owe them respect because God commands it. God is the supreme authority and judge, and those in power is this world will answer to Him for the way they used their worldly power. Respect for authority is not being instilled in today’s young people as it once was in our schools and churches. However, the command remains the same. The following verses are good ones to read about respect for those in authority: 1 Peter 2:13, 1 Peter 2:18, Lev. 19:3, Mal. 1:6, Romans 13:7, Eph. 6:5, 1 Tim. 6:1, Heb. 12:9.
Jesus’ final command given to his disciples at the Last Supper was to love one another, meaning to love your Christian brothers and sisters (John 13:34-35). Jesus commanded us to love all in the body of Christ because by doing so, we become witnesses of the love that Christ showed us on the cross. If we do not love our fellow believers, than we do not truly love God (1 John 4:8).
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Peter 2:17 KJV