Honor is not a subject you hear much about these days. If anything, we’ve become much more accustomed to disrespect and dishonor. The urban slang for disrespect, or “dis,” has made its way into everyday language. Most anyone can tell you what it means to “dis” someone. Or worse, to be “dissed.”
Honor. Simply put, the word means to treat someone with respect or admiration. It has to do with qualities like honesty, integrity and dignity. The biblical version of honor is much weightier. Lofty. It speaks to the precious worth of the person being honored and is related to words like glory, worship or prize.
Most of us yearn to be treated with respect. We benefit not only from receiving honor but also from giving it to others.
God set the bar low so that even a child can show honor. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2,3). You could call this the “the training wheels of honor” (Exodus 20:12).
When children honor their earthly parents, they begin to grasp what it means to honor their heavenly Father.
Perhaps it’s time to recapture this age-old virtue. We can start by honoring God. But let’s do so with a sense of expectancy. For God Himself makes this bold promise: “Those who honor me, I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30).