Do you ever think about honor? What does it mean to honor someone? Merriam-Webster defines honor as showing or treating someone respect. What does respect mean? It means to esteem which means to place a high value on something or someone. Therefore giving someone honor is to show them that you highly value them.
Do you honor people with your words and actions? Do you speak words that are respectful? Do you honor yourself with your words?
Jesus, our Living Hope, is our model for honoring others. There are many examples of Him honoring people but there is one instance that gets me every time.
In Acts 7:55-56, as Stephen was being martyred he looked upward to the sky. Stephen saw the heavens open and Jesus was standing at the right hand of God. In Mark 16:19 and Hebrews 12:2 the writers tell us that after Jesus died and rose again He sat down at the right hand of the Father. Jesus STOOD up from THE THRONE to honor Stephen. Jesus stood up in honor of Stephen! This amazes me every time I think about it.
So, how do hope and honor relate? As we honor people, we begin to feel more hopeful. Seeing people and situations through a Kingdom lens changes our outlook.
Romans 12:10-12 says “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
Hebrews 3:13 says that “we are to exhort one another daily to avoid being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
I encourage you to be intentional in thinking thoughts and speaking words that encourage or exhort every person you see. You will be amazed at how quickly your outlook changes when you are looking for the good in people. Try it today and notice how your heart softens and hope arises when you lift your gaze upward.
Today let’s honor people and rejoice in our Living Hope. How can you honor someone today?
Heavenly Father, help me to see people like you do. Help me to rejoice in my circumstances and choose to honor people today.
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
For Further Reading:
- Introduction: 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
- Peace, Truth, Anxiety, and Fear
- You are NOT Your Diagnosis!
- Day 20: 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
Please contact me if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression or despair and see no light at the end of your tunnel. There is hope for you!
Please share your testimony with me, I love testimonies! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)
If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done.
You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Jesus, I want YOU as Lord of my life! Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Romans. 5:10).
In Romans 10:9, the Word promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”