What do you think of when you hear the word honor? Do you immediately think of someone receiving an award or being recognized at an event? The word honor comes from the Latin word honos, honoris,and it means “a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body such as family, school, regiment, or nation.”
Today, honor seems to be a foreign concept in our nation, or at best we honor people for the wrong reasons. We focus on entertainment accomplishments, wealth, or fame rather than people themselves.
Jesus didn’t honor people because of their accomplishments, financial status, or titles. What someone did or the title they held had nothing to do with how He treated them. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He honored us when we were the least honorable of all.
We can’t do anything to earn worthiness in His book. Ephesians 2:8-9 remind us “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.” We are honorable because He says we are honorable and for no other reason.
If that is true, then we should treat all people with honor regardless of whether their actions dictate it or not. All means all…even those who make you so angry you’d like to shake them until their teeth rattle. (Am I the only one who encounters people like that?)
We don’t honor others because they deserve our honor. We honor them because Jesus deserves our honor and He told us to do it. We represent Him in all we do and say. In Acts 1:8, He says we’ll be His witnesses. We need to follow in His footsteps if we’re His witnesses and He treated the lowest of the low as queens and kings. Knowing this, how will you live differently?
Honorable is all in how others are being treated by you. Having a child at a service academy, this is something that is very important to us, and to the place where he goes to school. Are your actions honorable? Did you treat others fairly and justly? Unfortunately, in other areas of our society, I believe it is largely overlooked. Honor has been reduced to a catch phrase and a sound bite. It’s a shame.