True Love evokes compulsory respect.
It does not have to be outlined, requested or defined. Respect for someone who has proven his/her love for you is automatic. It will drop you to your knees.
The Scala Sancta are a set of 28 white marble steps in Rome near the Lateran Basilica leading up to the chapel of St. Lawrence. According to tradition, the stairs were part of the Praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during the events of the Passion. The stairs were said to have been brought to Rome by St. Helena in the fourth century. Today, Christians from all over the world come to pray on their knees on each step of the wooden protective framework, to pay respect to Jesus.
What would happen in courtship, dating and marriage in today’s culture if couples would emulate the same demonstration of love and respect for one another?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Dating is a time to get to know another person – a person that is also a child of God. Whether or not you determine you are right for one another to pursue marriage, you can still respect each other in the process. You can treat each other with the kind of love that Jesus modeled and each other as people worthy of respect. Here are a few ways to show respect in dating:
Date in a way that honors the other person.
Always hold that person in high esteem.
Never do anything that would harm his or her reputation.
Guard his or her heart.
Never gossip or slander the other person if when you are angry
Date with integrity
Jesus modeled how to love; the depth of His love for you should drop you to your knees. It is the same posture in dating that fosters the kind of respect that leads to love eternal.
Love Quote: “A great relationship is about two things, first appreciating the similarities and second, respecting the differences.”