Hebrews 2:1 AMP …we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.
Romans 12:10 NLT Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
What is Honor?
- Honor – to respect, value, place worth or weight.
- Dishonor – to take lightly, treat as common or ordinary.
Mark 6:1-5 NIV Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. (2) When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (3) Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. (4) Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (5) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
- Familiarity causes dishonor.
- Offenses cause dishonor.
You can never honor that which offends you.
That does not mean you have to agree with everyone you are supposed to be honoring.
Stop letting yourself get offended with those who we should be honoring.
- Honoring begins with how God views them.
How does God view people we are supposed to be honoring?
1 John 2:2 NIV He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
How does God see them? He loves them enough that He died for all of them.
Ephesians 5:21 CEV Honor Christ and put others first.
- Honoring benefits me too.
The level of honor you give to something determines what you will receive from it.
You can benefit from something or someone that you honor.
The more you value it or them, the more value you get from it.
Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– (3) “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
1 Samuel 2:30 NKJV …for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.
Psalms 91:14-15 NKJV “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. (15) He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
- Honoring is decided not deserved.
You will have some honor tests in life – opportunities to honor someone you might not think deserves the honor.
1 Peter 2:13-17 NKJV Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, (14) or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. (15) For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– (16) as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. (17) Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Let’s make the decision today that we are going to be people of honor like God wants us to be!