Whatever does it mean to honor your mother and father? Or to honor God? Or to honor others? This character quality is on Troy Christian School’s 5th grade character focus list, but of course, it’s for everyone. Our students learn that honor is “showing deep respect in attitude and actions for God and others.” They learn that the opposite of honor is disrespect and disregard.
Jesus showed total honor to His Father by doing His father’s will, even to the point of laying down His life for us! Jesus honored us by dying for us. He also honored us by calling us “friends” (John 15:14-15). I Peter 2:17 says, “Show proper respect to everyone: love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”
I think of the way my mother honored my father by being so aware of his needs and wanting to care for him. My daddy was a pastor. Like all pastors, he shouldered lots of responsibilities, but he carried them with grace and cheer by casting his cares upon the Lord and walking in faith. My daddy was a sweetheart and was so positive because He took God seriously. He took Him at His word, and since God said that He is in control, my dad not only believed the idea but leaned on the truth as if it were rock solid – because it was and is rock solid. That’s faith in attitude which generates faith in action. Dad showed me that there is no greater honor given to God than trusting Him to be who He says He is.
Honor has a way of going full circle. It creates its own momentum. When you honor God, the way my dad did, people honor you, as my mom honored my dad and as I hope I honor my dad. Both of my parents are living happily ever after in heaven now. I miss them so much but I carry them in my heart. I hear their voices. I see their faces. I wish I could hug them. I owe them my life – physically and spiritually.
We’ll talk more about honor in our next post. I have something exciting to share with you. But for now, I’d like to ask you to think of an example or two of someone you honor or someone who honors others. Do you have a story you’d be willing to share with us that illustrates a way of honoring someone? Please write to us about it. We’d love to read it!
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers….”
I Peter 2:17a
How is respect or honor a form of love?