We don’t do honor very well in today’s church. That’s a problem, because God sees honor as valuable. We are told to honor God, our father and mother, our superiors, our neighbor. But what does that really mean?
Honor means to hold in high respect. But notice, God doesn’t say to honor only those people that you agree with. What if you disagree with someone like the president? What if you really, really dislike what he says and does? Doesn’t matter. Honor belongs to the role. To dishonor someone, anyone, tarnishes the goodness of God.
We are to be a people known for love, and dishonoring anyone does not show love. In fact, it shows that we are in great need of love ourselves. Honor does not bad mouth or complain about people. Honor shows respect, even in a discussion that disagrees.
Showing honor to your boss, your company, your co-workers, your spouse shows the goodness of God. When you are seen showing honor when it’s clear that you don’t agree, you’ve won merit in the kingdom.
Pay attention to how you talk about people. If you can’t honestly say that you’re showing honor, then don’t say it. Just like your mom always said, if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.