REVERENCE AND SINCERITY

St. Paul in writing to the Corinthians (2nd Letter) tells them to treat everyone “with reverence and sincerity,” which comes from God.  It is very easy to become hypocritical when invoking the name of God when one does not follow through with good deeds.

To treat everyone with reverence means to show them profound honor and respect.  Since when are politicians or presidents or anyone else excused from this command of God?  What authority does one have to name call or demean others?

To treat others with sincerity means to be honest and genuine.  Sincerity is the quality of being free from pretense, deceit or hypocrisy.  Sincerity requires the utmost in being truthful and candid.
Reverence and sincerity require each other.  It’s a ‘both-and.’ Reverence without sincerity can become pandering.  Sincerity without reverence can become harsh. Leaders in any and all professions and occupations, members of a family, everyone in the common social exchanges of daily life, all are challenged to treat all “with reverence and sincerity.”  These virtues come from God.

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