March 06, 2009

Everyone is imperfect. Be careful not to let their failures erode your respect for their good qualities.

At 8:39 PM of October 28,2008, a young Army lieutenant was killed while another one was wounded Sunday in a scuffle with fellow soldiers in Placer town, Surigao del Norte.

Killed in the incident was 2Lt. Albert Amat, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 2006, while the injured soldier was identified as 2Lt. Joe Patrick Martinez, who just graduated from the same academy last March.

The incident happened at the headquarters of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion located at Sta. Cruz village when Amat berated or scolded T/Sgt. Neptael Maglangit infront of other soldiers for , who was reportedly drunk. As Maglangit recovered, Amat drew a pistol, leading to a scuffle for the firearm.

Amat and Martinez were rushed to the Miranda Medical Hospital in Surigao City, but Amat was pronounced dead on arrival.

It's normal to feel this way, yet it isn't the attitude God wants us to have. We can be aware of others' faults, and there may be times when we need to confront sin, but we need to maintain an attitude of respect for everybody. An employee should not be scolded or berated infront of other employees because doing so might result of in a negative or violent reaction from the concerned employee like the incident happened between Amat and Maglangit.

You can find something to respect in anybody if you look hard enough

You can respect your spouse, child, parent, boss or others because of their position. For example, after David killed Goliath, he became more popular than King Saul. Saul became jealous and determined to kill David, so David fled.

Saul gathered his army and chased David. On two different occasions, when Saul’s army was pursuing David, David had the chance to kill Saul.

Most of us would say that David had every right to kill Saul. After all, Saul was trying to kill him. Yet although he knew that Saul’s actions did not deserve respect, David honored Saul as his king and refused to kill him. At his second opportunity to kill Saul, David said, "The LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed" (1 Samuel 26:11).

God wants you to respect others because of their position in your life.

See others as God does. Each of us has an amazing potential.