There is a fine line between being kind to a stranger and patronizing the same person .. and you both know it as soon as the words are out of your mouth. That line has a name, “Respect”.
Where there is no grace, there is control. Where there is no love, there is an outlook that sees people as objects to be moved around according to our own purposes. We maneuver people into places where they will have the most use for us, just like we place our home or office furniture. It is a major crime against the body of Christ when we fail to see the value of all people, to look upon them as God sees them, to see the best in people, and to bring the life of Jesus to the surface.
Let no one imagine that he will lose anything of human dignity by…voluntary sell-out of his all to his God. He does not by this degrade himself as a man; rather he finds his right place of high honour as one made in the image of his Creator. His deep disgrace lay in his moral derangement, his unnatural usurpation of the place of God. His honour will be proved by restoring again that stolen throne. In exalting God over all, he finds his own highest honour upheld.
Stop! Right now! Take a deep breath in and exhale. Remind yourself that you are loved, you are cherished, you have value. Remind yourself that nothing that anyone does or thinks or says to you will diminish that value. Remind yourself that every person you meet today is loved by God just as much as you are and is worthy of respect and is worthy of being seen as a person of value. Now continue to make decisions today based on those truths.