The word honor is a word that not many people pay attention to; but it is a powerful word!
Honor comes from the word kabod which means heavy or weighty; or to give weight to someone. Think of a piece of paper, if a good wind comes along it will blow away. And after that…most of us will forget about it. However, if we put a paper weight on it…that paper’s not going anywhere. It’s stable, it’s fixed and it’s been assigned that weight because it’s important to us…we don’t want to let it get away!
When we honor someone we grant them a position of authority or respect in our life. With that respect, we grant them a courtesy.
I honor God the Father by doing things that please Him. How do I know that I should do this? First, I want to do all that I can to please God because He first loved me and this love is unconditional and everlasting and because it is His desire that I do this; my bible is a guide for me. It says in 1 Corinthians 6: 20:
20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
My body includes my mind, my thoughts and my deeds. I surrender myself to God.
I humble myself before Him. When I enter into His courts…it is with thanksgiving and praise.
My honoring God is just mere words if I am not obedient. Think about when you were a child; your parents or guardians were honored when you did what they told you to do.
Honor is something believers do…but the bible is very clear on who we can honor.
1. We honor God.
2. We honor kings, queens and all who are in authority over our lives. We do this so that ouyr lives can be filled with peace. 1 Timothy 2: 1-4/
3. We honor Jesus who sits at the right hand of the Father and who is our great HIgh Priest.
4. Married people are to honor their spouses.
5. The bible gives us very clear instructions on whom we should honor in addition to this.
6. Honor the face of the old man. (Lev. 19: 32)
7. Humility is before honour.
We not only honor God with our lips (Matthew 15: 8) but also with the tithes and offerings, the obedience, the willingness to carry out His objectives, with our prayers, with our thanksgiving, with our seeking HIs face, with our praise, with our reaching the lost. There are many ways to honor God…with our love to a God who firast loved us! Thank You Father! Thank You Lord! Thank You Holy Spirit!