A BIT OF HONOR
By Asher Intrater
Giving honor to other people is a special principle of godly living. One of the Ten Commandments is to honor one's parents (Ex. 20; Deut. 5). Giving honor is not only for parents but for all those "to whom honor is due" (Rom. 13:7). As we pass honor upwards, God passes blessings downwards toward us in return. A little bit of honor goes a long way.
The issue is not so much the worthiness of the other person (I Cor. 12:23), but developing the character quality of respect. If we have respectful attitudes, then it is "safe" for God to give us glory and honor without it ruining us. Ultimately God wants to "glorify" us (Rom. 8:18, 30; I Cor. 2:7, Heb. 2:10). Respecting others in this life is part of the training to be qualified for glory in the world to come.
Over the years, the problem I have seen that has caused more damage than any other is
"wounded pride" or "offended honor," particularly among leaders. We are to do nothing out of vain pride and competition (Gal. 5:26); but to consider all others as more honorable than ourselves (Rom. 12:10, Phil. 2:3). Yeshua Himself gave up honor for the sake of helping others (Phil. 2:7).
If we do the same, we can become more gracious and Christ-like in our own lives.