Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
God tells us here to honor one another and to outdo one another in that honor. But why is it so important to constantly make sure that you are practising this?
When you look at Proverbs 3,9-10, you will see why.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth … then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
So here we can see that honor brings abundance, depending on what area you use it in, and on top of that it won’t just bring forth any fruit, but the best fruit, coming from God!
Now it is obvious that this works in the area of your finances. Yet it also applies to everything else.
When you only talk bad about your parents, your kids, your partner, or those around you, as soon as they annoy you, then your bad response will cause the bad things to be drawn out of them even more.
When you act like God though and honor those around you especially when you would prefer to treat them badly, then your honor will draw the best and the godly qualities out of them, so that their presence becomes a joy again.
Honor, just like love, should never be based on the actions of others. Much more should you draw the best and Gods own qualities out of people, by honoring them, so that YOU change their actions.
Honor is a tool that you can use to make your whole life and especially your relationships wonderful. Use it!
Honoring someone that is honoring you is something we all know to do. But did you know that you should honor those around you even when they annoy you?
Talking bad about them, disrespecting them or talking down to them has never done any good, for it draws out the things you didn’t enjoy in the first place. Yet honor is a force that will cause the best and the God-like things to be drawn out of that person.
So next time you wish someone would treat you differently, respond by honoring them and it will bring out their best! (Romans 12,10 & Proverbs 3,9-10)