Respecting another person is much more about who we are than about who the other person is. (Albert Lee, educator)
Lee, also, expressed a common sentiment today when he noted that “[Some] may say that people need to show themselves worthy of respect before we can respect them.” That attitude may limit the opportunity to establish healthy relationships with other people. Keep in mind that all of us were created in the image of God. Therefore everyone has value and should be respected.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings . . .” So God created human beings in his own image. (Genesis 1:26-27)