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I feel we are losing our grip on honor. It is something that makes my hair stand on end when I see the lack of honor in our society. Giving honor to someone else seems to be a lost art.
I may not agree with a politician's political position, but I am commanded in scripture to honor the position the person holds. A community-servant position also requires honor...police, fireman, soldiers...etc. The position is what requires the honor from us citizens, not the person's actions. God is the one who puts the person into their position and therefore, He knows what He is accomplishing through them.
God commands honor be given to our parents. He doesn't list the "if they do this and that" then you honor...He requires honor. His command also comes with a promise.
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The granting of honor to others is an essential experience in the believer's life.
Christians are to bestow honor on those for whom honor is due. The believer is to
honor God, for He is the sovereign head of the universe and His character is unsurpassed. The believer is to honor those in positions of earthly authority, such as governing authorities (Rom 13:1-7), masters (1 Tim 6:1), and parents (Exod 20:12).
As a participant in the church, the believer is also called to honor Jesus Christ, the head of
the church (John 5:23), fellow believers (Rom 12:10), and widows (1 Tim 5:3). resolved youth article
Recently in a home group, a woman voiced, "I am so tired of everyone blaming their parents for what is wrong in their life!" I felt her heart and thought of how we are losing this sense of honor. Even in Christiandom, someone will give their testimony....."I was raised in a Christian home....but!!!!! my parents were too legalistic...etc, etc." I have to ask you how is that honoring? Does God receive honor when we trash someone else while pointing to Him?
This past weekend I was given the chance to honor my parents. Both have moved into their 70's. My father is almost completely deaf, making it hard for him to enter into social conversations. As I prepared a birthday luncheon for them, I thought of how I could honor my parents... the honor due to their position as my parents and believers in the Body of Christ.
|Silver spray-painted large pumpkin and stenciled-in-bronze, garage-sale table cloth and napkins|
My mother enjoys beautiful things, so a fully-decorated table was in order for her. She sat at the opposite end of the table from my Dad (listening to him talk, through the most loving and caring eyes) holding a bowl of pictures from years past. She would randomly pick up a picture and tell the story behind it. She picked up her family picture...out of the seven in the photograph, only three are still living. She passed on her stories of losing her Dad at a young age then her two brothers. She giggled at Dad's comments about meeting her...you watched them both become 16 and 18 again.
Honor was extended. Their position in our family was placed as priority. I pray that my children received a much-needed lesson this weekend. I know I did. They get to try it out again this next weekend as we visit their other grandmother, age 96, and celebrate their Aunt and Uncle's 50th Wedding Anniversary.
In order for us to turn the tide of dishonor in this land we have be begin at home. I have to express honor to those God has placed in positions of honor in my life, no matter their actions. I hope as I remember this lesson, my own family will be stepping toward giving honor to those it is due.
(I am not saying there shouldn't be "safe" places to share true life experiences. Hiding abuse to show someone "honor" isn't honor. Thanks to Vee for pointing out the need for true exposure in order to point someone to complete healing in Christ."