Honor: More than a Word
One of the greatest blessings we
can give to each other is honor. Honor may be interpreted as giving respect, treating with dignity, or reverence.
When we honor someone, it is more than just lifting them up, it is our showing them we appreciate their efforts. Honor
is earned, most of the time, by hard work and sacrifice of one’s self for another. We should always appreciate
the efforts of others in our lives and what that are doing for us. From our parents to someone simply refilling our
glass at a restaurant, we should always show we recognize their efforts. Everyone likes to be recognized and appreciated
for their work or sacrifices. There are many around you that work hard to make your life better—the people who
keep the electricity on at your house, the first responders who are there in times of need, your parents, etc. When
we think about it, there are innumerable people who work hard to make your life what it is today.
When God created
us, He placed within us a need to honor and be honored. People who do so much, yet, expect nothing in return for their
efforts. The Church is a wonderful example of those kind of people. From those who serve in the services, to those
who give of themselves so much in ministries; these all do so for God’s purposes. From those who teach and work
with our youth, to those who prepare the food for those same youth; these all do so because they feel the great need to serve
God. Jesus tells us that one of the greatest commandments that the Bible gives to us is to honor someone—our parents!
“‘Honor your father and mother’, which is the first commandment with promise…”
Ephesians 6:2 When we honor our parents, we show them we respect their sacrifices for us. We often do not show them
how we feel, but they give because they love.
Love is that element that many do not consider
in their relationship with others, because they become accustomed to having, or being given. Appreciation is a word
that is foreign to many people’s lives, in that they do not realize the effort it takes to give them the lives that
they have. How many people really appreciate those who serve in the military? What about the everyday people who
help in the businesses, the teachers, the people in places of authority around you—government officials, police officers,
etc. All of these, and many more, make your life better. You might say they do so because they are paid, but most do
so for the joy of service and the feeling of accomplishing something—of giving. You might not say they “love”
this service, but in a way, the feeling of accomplishment is their form of love and giving.
The Bible tells
us to take pride in our work and to do so with great respect, “as unto the Lord”!
In all that we do, we should do so as we are representing God to a world that is in need of guidance. This guidance
is pointing them to God and what He does for us. Above all things, we should honor God in what He does for us.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus tells us to honor God— “Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name” Matthew 6:9. The importance of our honoring God is immense and should always
be approached in reverence. Many times, we do not realize that we treat Him in too familiar of an approach. God
is the Creator of all things and is due all honor and respect. God’s greatest desire is that we have such a relationship
with Him, that we recognize Him—honor—and that we approach Him with love.
A wonderful example
of this the structure of the family. This parental relationship is a small example of that of God and how we should
deal with Him in our lives. When we honor our parents, we are recognizing their sacrifice. The love and support
they have given us throughout the years is a reflection of the love and support God gives to us throughout our lives.
We dare say, if we disrespect our parents, we will never be able to realize the love of God. For in disrespecting our
parents, we have shown that we do not know how to do so with God. You might say, “My parents were bad to me!”
This still does not relieve us from seeking a relationship with them, even if they do not respond to our seeking. God
tells us to honor, even when that honor is not deserving—as in the example of bad parents. This is hard for many
and thus, they have a hard time in knowing God in this personal way.
Honor is an offshoot of the concept
of love, in that it shows how much we desire a relationship—and appreciate that relationship. Even when it is
not deserving, love makes a way for us to honor. “Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving
preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13 Paul in his writing in Romans tells us what love really is, and that we should seek the better
things in our lives. Honoring those who have influence in
our lives is a major aspect of loving. Until we learn to love and honor in such a way, we will not be able to love and
honor God. Our relationships with others around us should reflect our love for God. The two greatest Commandments
were reflective of this idea—love God and love others. When we learn to do these two things, we then can honor
God and appreciate His love. We can never appreciate that love until we embrace how much He sacrificed for us, through
Jesus. God desires the best for us and a large part of this is our learning to love and honor those around us.