Giving Honor To Whom Honor Is Due

A particularly unique aspect of the church, and one the Scriptures repeatedly emphasize, is the need for members of the church to give honor and preference to one another. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in
honor…” (Rom 12:10, NASB). Paul would show the extent of this camaraderie we share by stating, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep,” (Rom 12:15). It is right to notice the good works of faithful Christians and recognize them for their deeds. It is also right for us to give honor to others as we benefit from their good examples. In the following chapter, Paul would later make application of this principle in how we submit to the governing authorities. Especially in regards to paying our taxes, he said to render what is due to them, “honor to whom honor” (Rom 13:7). Yet, this principle can be, and ought to be applied in various aspects of our lives.

Honor Your Spouse – Paul wrote to wives and husbands, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them,” (Col 3:18-19, KJV). There are sacrifices that our spouse makes that we need to recognize. Husbands, do you have a wife that is submissive and obedient to your leadership and/or stays at home with your children? Honor them for that sacrifice (1 Pt 3:7). Wives, do you have a husband that loves you, provides for you, and is the spiritual leader in your home? Honor him and be obedient to him for his diligence to obey God. There are far too many husbands and wives that are not fulfilling their roles in the home as the Lord intended. That leads to problems in all facets of life.

Honor Your Parents – “Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise,” (Eph 6:2, KJV). We honor our parents by our obedience to them and to the Lord. Thank your heavenly Father if you have godly parents that raised you in a way to show you how to be a disciple of Christ.

Honor Preachers – “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel…” (Rom 10:15, KJV). Preachers work with brethren so that those who hear them may be saved (1 Tim 4:16). Brother Guerry Moorer has labored with the church in Bald Knob for a number of years. I know you appreciate his work in the kingdom and his love for the church. It is right to honor him!

Let us make a habit of giving honor to whom honor is due. We have plenty of people to honor and thank the Lord for giving us in our lives.

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