Genesis 33: 1-3: Respect.

“Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.” NIV

Jacob thought (or at least feared) that Esau came to meet him as a foe. We are all capable of creating monsters in our imaginations. However, it does seem Jacob would have had every reason to fear his brother but for God answering prayer (32:11,12).

However, note the respect Jacob showed Esau. I believe we should treat everyone with esteem, and especially those we might regard as enemies of the Christian faith. We don’t have to agree with them, but let us endeavour to treat them with the utmost respect.