What if Someone Disrespected Your Child?

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You see kids not playing with your kids. Not being fair in taking turns. You see them being critical of your child. Making fun of them and what they are wearing or eating. Leaving your child out. You see others staring at your your child like something is wrong with them. You hear the whispers that are then followed by laughter. All towards your little one. You hear the disrespect that gushes from their mouth and sent hurling at your kid. You hear the name calling. You see the bullying that is happening. You see the efforts to make them look better by making your child seem less than. You hear. You see. You know. 

As the mother of your child, the one you love with all your heart, what do you do? 

Do your momma claws come out? 

Do you return the negativity back to the peers?

Do you confront the parents?

Do you let it roll off your back and move on with your child to another play area? 

Do you pray for those kids and their parents?

You heart aches as you see the pain in your child’s face. That tear stained face. The confusion they are feeling. The eyes of your child pleading for protection as they try to understand the negativity that is thrown at him or her by their peers.

Does it make your heart ache? 

I ask these questions because the painful emotions that we may feel when our child is hurt by others…….it is the feelings that God has for His children when we are being negative towards each other. 

When we are gossiping about another woman, we are gossiping about God’s daughter. Do we want gossip being spread about our daughters? NO! 

When we get cliquey and leave others out; we are hurting God’s daughter. Do we want our daughters left out and feel the pain of rejection? NO! 

When we criticize or make fun of other women; either to their face or behind their backs, we are criticizing and making fun of God’s daughters. 

Do you see what I’m getting at? 

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11

God is telling us to not treat His daughters that way. He is telling us He loves them just like you love your kids. He is telling us that you are the same as the women you are hurting. He loves you both the same. You both are equal to Him. He knows their faults and your faults. Just like you don’t want that negativity spewed at your kids, our Living God doesn’t want them spewed towards His children. Our King of Kings is not a respecter of persons. So why are we?

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Colossians 3:12-14

We are all on the same path but at different steps on this path. 

Let’s encourage each other. Lift each other up. Pray for each other. Forgive one another. Pointing each other back to the love of Jesus. Just like God would want His children to treat each other. Just how you’d want others to treat your child. With love and respect. 

More than blessed, 

Starla J. 

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24 thoughts on “What if Someone Disrespected Your Child?”

  1. Amen to that. I do say something when I hear kids being cruel and I have made my children issue apologies when they've hurt others. You are also correct that as women we need to be careful not to act catty and cliquey as it too often the case. I try to actively welcome and encourage people who are new or look let out (at parties, events, etc.) and I have my kids do the same. This was a good reminder.

  2. I much prefer the ESV to the King James with the verse you used. I ended up coming over from Pinterest because the verse seemed to say that God doesn't respect people. I have no idea how to interpret the King James version any differently; that is one oddly translated verse. Or perhaps the old English no longer is understood in the same way. Just thought I'd let you know that this one amateur theologian was definitely confused 😉

    "For God shows no partiality." – Romans 2:11 ESV

  3. Hello! I agree the KJV is old language and sometimes takes a second to understand for me as well but I prefer it over most. I believe true meaning is sometimes lost in other versions. With so many translations out there, we choose the one that we feel best for us. I appreciate you coming over from Pinterest! Thank you.

  4. I would step back and watch and hope that my son would handle it maturely. If not, then I'd go to him and say (loud enough for the other person hear) "Let's go play with someone else who knows how to be nice." Sure that's probably a little rude, but I'd say it to my own child if he was being rude to another. If you don't know how to play nicely, you don't get to play with others.

  5. Nice analogy! I was totally expecting this post to be about parenting, but I love the turn you took. Great reminders to be kind to everyone.

    Love the new look of your site, too!

  6. Oh, Amen Sister!
    Your words are an anthem I love to sing about our relationships in the body, and a conviction of my relationships in my own home with my very emotional teens. 😉

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