Thought for the Week by Rev Jeremy Green

And so in the story they asked the king (who represents Christ) when this was.

To which the reply comes: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”.

For a Christian, to show respect and care for another person is something we are commanded to do, because without it the whole of society is weakened and selfishness rules.

Jesus taught that we should treat others as we would want them to treat us.

So, whenever we use someone merely to serve our own interests; or whenever we flatter a person insincerely so they say ‘yes’ to us; then we are not showing respect for them as a person.

In fact, we are using them like a piece of toilet paper!

That’s why putting ourselves in another person’s place and recognising their feelings, listening to their point of view, accepting others’ differences from us, and recognising everyone’s unique value and contribution – all these are some of the ways in which we can show respect for each other and help to make our world that little bit better.