In today’s society, honor seems nonexistent. Everyone seems to have forgotten the importance and the benefit of honor. It seems to be scarce in our everyday lives. Spend some time in a crowd, at the supermarket, television, or on social media, and it doesn’t take long to figure out that many people in our society fail to show honor. What we see rampant is the complete opposite of it, Disrespect, Humiliation, undermine(s), Put Down, and Show Up.
Staff Runner said these in a book Ready Answer and I quote “we are in a dispensation when political cartoons and editorials routinely lampoon our leaders. You turn on the radio and find the AM band awash with talk shows from all political stripes. Their bitterness soon infects even your upbeat attitude. The television’s equivalent of the talk show are fights, flying chairs, accusations, and bleeped-out epithets hurled by and at participants. Soap operas fare no better. Even children’s cartoons often reflect anger, fighting, insults of any and all-around”. These have become the reality of the world we live in. These attitudes delude our self-perceptions, as well as our relationships with God and others.
As Christians, we ought to be the world’s greatest example of high integrity and the most honorable men and women on the face of God’s earth. Other people should know us by our honor.
Honor is defined as a keen sense of ethical conduct. It is to look upon and deal with someone as a valued individual. Honor is how we are to treat others. It comes from our honor and worship of God. It is looking upon each person as a valued individual, and realizing others are His children too. It is personal integrity, honesty, and showing respect to others.
Romans 13:7 tells us honor is due to certain ones: “Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
The truth is that we will never sincerely respect, prize, value, or honor anyone until and unless we start with an attitude of meekness. Honoring and respecting others will not happen when a superior or holier-than-thou attitude is present. Paul tells us to “esteem others better than” ourselves (Phillipians 2:3). Honoring from a pure motive is possible only when we have a proper perspective of who God is, what we are, and who others are in relation to us and God. It begins with deep honor and respect for God and all He says.
Honor his God’s way. We see that from the scripture, how we are to honor God, Parents, Children, Leaders, and all. The more honor we give, the more honor we will also receive. Tough as it may be, we should make it our aim to honor everyone all the time.