Respect At Calvary

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How is it that Jesus was able to respond to an adulterous woman, a cheating tax collector, and a betraying friend with respect? We need this same perspective as we relate to our spouses, who are the reasons there had to be a Calvary.

In honor [give] preference to one another. Romans 12:10

Consider for a moment the respect that Christ displayed throughout the pages of the Gospels. He treated people according to their worth to the Father, not according to their appearance or even behavior.

Think about it. Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery with respect. He never made reference to her being "caught in the act" or to why she stood unkempt and disheveled in front of an angry mob of religious zealots. Christ didn't talk down to the woman, even though the culture of the day would have certainly deemed that appropriate.

Jesus treated Zacchaeus with respect. Christ didn't make fun of him for being up in the tree. He didn't tell Zacchaeus how to act or demand that he give back all the money he had stolen. Christ simply invited Zacchaeus for dinner.

Jesus even treated Judas with respect. Even in the midst of His darkest hour, Christ didn't humiliate or shame Judas in front of the other disciples. He didn't berate Judas for being the ultimate traitor. Christ just dipped the bread and gave it to Judas and then said, "What you are about to do, do quickly" (John 13:27, NIV).

How is it that Jesus was able to respond to an adulterous woman, a cheating tax collector, and a betraying friend with respect? Yes, He was the Son of God. But in His humanity, He was able to show respect because He remembered these people's worth to the Father. Each of these three was why the Father sent His Son to die.

We need this same perspective as we relate to our spouses, who are the reasons there had to be a Calvary.

How would you describe your spouse's worth to our heavenly Father? How will that change how you see or treat or speak to him or her today?

God, let me see my spouse according to his or her worth to You.

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