Honor involves giving recognition to the work of someone other than ourselves. It is placing significance, importance, or value on what others have done or accomplished. It places them above us in a position that commands respect for what they have done and who they are.
To honor someone requires us, first and foremost, to be humble. We must graciously bow before them in reverence and recognition for what they have done for us or what they have contributed to our lives and our well-being. What they have done has cost them something. Perhaps they have had to make a sacrifice to attain their goal and the price they paid is more than we can afford or have the resources to pay them for what they have done for or given to us.
Honoring someone is not always easy. Pride gets in the way. Self-importance or not wanting to stand aside while others move to the front of the line often complicate honoring others. It is not easy to give credit to someone when we become obligated to them for what they have done for us. When we honor someone, we make them look good – often at our expense – and that at times is not easy. Who wants to admit their shortcomings or inadequacies even if the gift is from God?
The Psalmist wrote, “Honor Him for He is your Lord!” Not an overly complicated statement. The problem is not understanding the statement that gives so many Christians a problem. It is in applying it. Honoring or bowing down before God for His gifts, goodness, and grace is difficult because it forces us to admit we need Him. Pride gets in our way and becomes a problem for us.
Pride also keeps us from serving Him and loving others as Jesus loved them. Pride is what keeps us from being submissive to the Lord when we refuse to serve others as He commanded us to do on His behalf and witness His grace to those who are lost and seeking His love and hope.
Prayer: Lord, give us a desire to become humble so we can honor You and serve others. Remove pride from our hearts and replace it with Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. Psalm 45:11
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