All of mankind is worthy of honor in some regard. Every person is not required to have the same manner of honor but should have honor according to their character or their position. At the very least as a creation of the God Almighty (1 Peter 2:17). Due to all of mankind being worthy of some level of honor does not constitute there must be a relationship or interaction with everyone. Some people can only be honored by praying for their souls to be born again or their repentance (Romans 12:9-10). Christians are to honor others and be kind in love. Love does not make excuses or condone sin, but love confronts sin, believes in the best, and endures (1 Corinthians 13). Honor works similarly. Honor does not stand for perversion, filth, or sin but can still be manifested through prayer for salvation or repentance, fasting for a move of God within that person’s life, or evangelizing the person that is not in right relations with God (Romans 2:10).
Honor especially belongs to those that do what is right as opposed to evil. The Apostle Paul discusses God will give glory, honor, and peace to those that do what He says and lives a holy life. Honor should be given to those that are older (Leviticus 19:32). This is a command given within the Mosaic Law. This element has become a missing ingredient within most of today’s society. Honor was a staple characteristic within many nations, especially America not so many years ago. As the last days have come, people have become self-absorbed and give honor only to themselves or only to those that do the same things they participate in, especially sin. This should not be the testimony of the Body of Christ. Christians should have a love and honor for everyone although this may look differently depending on the circumstances.
Honor within marriage is another area the enemy has attacked to destroy what God has established (1Peter 3:7). Many would say that this verse is sexist or not politically correct, but the heart of this verse is for the husband to be the protector and provider. God made man and woman differently so the honor will look slightly different as well. Husbands should honor their wives to protect them, provide for them, and lead them as the head of the household. Wives should honor their husbands as leaders, protectors, and providers (Colossians 3:18-19, Ephesians 5:28-29, 5:33). An honored husband should feel confident to lead, that he has the help of his wife, and strong in protecting what he has been given from God. A wife can help a husband feel these characteristics or she can make him feel worthless and useless. Much like a husband can make his wife feel like a queen or worthless. In either role, a spouse should honor their mate because they are a gift from God. This assists each person in the marriage to feel fulfilled and honored which reduces the temptations to seek attention from an outside source. God instituted marriage with honor being a key element within the union. Honor for one another and honor as a couple to God in fulfilling the call that He has for them as a team.
From the Bible, a person can see how God desires for all of mankind to be honored in some way, but every method will be different according to that person’s relationship with God and that person’s relationship with others. May Christians especially have proper honor to all men according to God’s Word.
As God is to be honored, so must the things of God be honored. If a president were to be honored yet his home or other things associated with him were not honored how much is the president truly honored. This same principle can be applied to God. How much does a person honor God if God’s house is not honored (Psalm 26:8)? Christians should honor the things of God because of the association between those things and God. The house of God should have honor from all those who love, serve, or fear God. If God’s presence is in His house there should be honor there. When low lights, snacks, gimmicks, and games have to be used in gathering people that gathering is not a church but a social club. What fellowship does God have with darkness? He doesn’t (Acts 26:18). Why do some churches choose to have darkness in their sanctuary? What holiness and hope of Jesus Christ do snacks, gimmicks, and games give? None (2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 11:34, Psalm 39:7, 71:5, 119:114). The purpose of the church is to reflect God, not culture.
In Matthew 21:12-13, these verses display that when there is a dishonor for the house or things of God Jesus has the right to throw the dishonorable people out. The issue was not the process of moneychanging but instead the greedy sellers' manipulation of those seeking to honor God with sacrifices. In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter charges believers to sanctify (set apart) God in their hearts. If God is honored within the hearts of His people the things of God will be honored. The house of God will be honored, the people of God will be honored, and the Word of God will be honored by producing a holy lifestyle that is pleasing unto God.
In 2 Timothy 3:14-17, the Apostle Paul is telling Timothy to continue in the things of God. If Timothy did not have honor for the things of God he would have failed this command given to him by his man of God. Part of this conversation discusses the Word of God that is profitable for doctrine (living a holy life through teaching), reproof (exposing, convicting sin), correction (adjusting to increase accuracy), and instruction in righteousness (what is right, the act of doing what is in agreement with God’s standards). Lacking an honor for the things of God will negate a love for God (Ezekiel 22:26-27). These verses display that dishonoring the things of God reflects a dishonor for God. This issue became so deep-rooted within the people that the leaders began to destroy the lives of others for financial gain. The origin was defiling God’s instructions and holy things.
Honor must be established and kept within the hearts of God’s people. Practicing honor should be a lifestyle of every Christian to keep a right attitude not only to God but to the things of God (Psalm 71:8). This is the responsibility of all believers to keep a heart toward God and not allow the enemy to begin a division by declining honor for the things of God leading to a lack of honor for God. Small increments will create a big impact over a period of time. Christians must discern even the small things that attempt to creep in to create this division. May churches and Christians honor God to be the light (Ephesians 5:11, John 8:12, 1 John 1:6-7) to shine bright in giving the love, hope, and the holiness of God to an unholy world.