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It flows as water and nourishes all those in which it contacts. Insult burns the roots of relationship. Honor grows deeper so that storms on the surface do not uproot. Age is the indicator. An elder is to be respected, and a youth corrected with gentle strength. The structure of respect, given and received, builds a house (and a workplace) strong against winds of adversity. As a youth – it is to be handed upward, as a king – with love downward, as a peer – with equal portion that you would request. Honor lifts those around you, and breeds respect in all directions. Hold the tongue of harshness, even in correction always lift. Even to those not of My house, honor, for one day they may enter by the words you speak. He who gives honor, gains the same.
1Tim 5:1-2 (ESV) – Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
Bottom Line: Work cultures vary, but often they can be riddled with arrogance, disrespect and harsh attitudes. It is commonplace for younger employees to openly complain and insult the ways of their older leaders. At the same time, older generations can be harsh and impatient with the less experienced. Respect and honor are not high priorities to the world, but they should be for Christ-followers. His Spirit in us is seen clearly when we respect and honor those with whom we work. It is with honor, that His Word can work through you.