The only love worthy of a name is…. unconditional! Respect it.


What a powerful day…lets get into it….first…Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through. RESPECT THEM, keep them 1st always, Because when everything goes to hell, they are the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family, close friends and confidants….Respect them…

Let us open in prayer…. Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things you desire in our hearts, minds and lives…we thank you father and ask for continued love and grace that we may love and respect each other….Amen..

Ok…good morning….lets roll….This is a simple lesson…I hope 😉 but soooo important….It’s on Love and more especially RESPECT…and, I believe it starts with us to our children….

Teaching children respect is perhaps harder than ever given that we live in an “it’s all about me” society and a popular culture in which respect has fallen extremely short….The concept of respect is one that reflects values and behaviors like family 1st, courtesy, kindness, calm, politeness, following the Golden Rule, and resisting tendencies to be biased, judgemental, or a bully. And it is a concept that has equal application to us as adults and our children. So, recognizing that respect is becoming in some ways a lost art and action, I believe that it starts with Dad and/or Mom…being that Im a dad.., I will speak from that perspective…;)


What can a father do to make sure his children learn the value of and the behaviors born of respect?

Well…Start early. Fathers especially good fathers are often over looked and taken for granted which at times leads to other issues (thats another sermon…) while not so great fathers get plenty of attention because of thier shenanigans. the key here for Dads is to start early teach thier kids about true respect?

Dads, again….should work on teaching respect to their children in their earliest years! As soon as they are able to communicate and model behavior, we should teach them to respect others, particularly worthy adults in their life. When they want to interrupt an adult in conversation, remind them that it is impolite and that they should wait for an open moment and find thier space to engage. Help them to behave appropriately in the homes of grandparents or other people and family. Teach them to use good manners in public and private as that will show them honorable when they really need thier character to speak for them.. Help them to respect the possessions and privacy if thier own and of others. Teach them to keep God 1st, FAMILY 2nd, then embrass the world…Teach them to respect themselves and that its ok to say NO respectfully and ggreseively if necessary. These are all concepts children should learn as soon as possible. Model respectful behavior. 


If you have a good man in your life…,or a good woman… THANK GOD FOR THEM…for Children learn best by example, those are recorders in thier eyes…and they will learn most of what they learn about respect from watching you.

Husbands/wives….unless in the events of abuse…..learn your respect language with each other…work on it..keep each other 1st…keep each other 1st…keep mom dad sister brother OUT of your affairs…they will get you divorced..Don’t allow others to leave tornados in your house then go home.

Parents… me..walk with me a bit on this…over communicate and demonstrate love to your child. In a personal way, express your love to your children regularly. Hugs, kisses, playful wrestling, conversation, focused time, a well-deserved pat on the back  – all are ways we can show love. But listen…Money won’t buy it………Make sure that you communicate in your child’s love language! so they can really feel it. 🙂 Unconditionally!


There are times when we all feel we are do a Bit more respect, love or to be put 1st above all….just know…we have been……;)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Have a powerful day, forgive, say you are sorry and press forward, remember God loves and walks with you! SO Stand tall, pray up and move ahead! Respect each other:) Powerful you are!!

Don’t mistake silence for ignorance, calmness for acceptance or kindness and love for weakness…to do so yields dis-respect….

Live better, Do better RESPECT BETTER 😉

Rev. Poe.

Ladies…take this for what its worth* worth to you…

What if I told you that when a man feels disrespected, it is far worse for him than when he feels unloved? This is sooo true…Show Some Respect…. Especially when its due….Far to many mis-represent what good men do…Seventy-four percent of men said that if they were forced to choose, they would prefer being alone and unloved in this world rather than being disrespected. …….more in this next week;)

We will absolutely continue to talk in this subject for all.

Stands Tall.


Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr.

CC: Rev. Brewer. Upon this rock ministries

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