Honour in this context means a value, esteem, reward, advantage, dignity, privilege, or respect, shown towards a person or persons. ‘All men’ encompasses all categories of people regardless of their gender and this can fall under three categories; people above you in rank, age or status, people on the same level as you and people below you. A point worthy of note here is that honour can mean different things to these different categories such that what is honourable to one might not be to the other. Therefore, it is necessary for us to find out what honour means to these various groups so as to be sure that in giving what we term as honour, the intended recipient is actually honoured.
Esther 6:6 (KJV): So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, what shall be done unto the man whom the king delights to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, to whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
Haman in the above scripture answered the question based on his own perception of what honouring him means which probably will not mean the same to the actual recipient. I took time to find out from various people what can be done to honour them and the answers I got were different in all cases. What this means is that honour can be relative. With this in mind, let us search through the scriptures and find out those people we have been specifically instructed by God through the scripture to give honour to and what honour means to these categories of people.
HONOUR GOD: Malachi 1:6 (KJV): A son honours his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? If I be a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts….
Honour God with your life and your body, 1 Cor 6:19. Your body is His temple, make it holy.
Honour God with your substance (Offerings and tithes) Prov. 3:9, 1kings 3:13. Solomon honoured God.
Honour God with your service and worship, Mal.1:6.
Honour constituted authorities: Romans 13:1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
- Obey the laws of the land, be a law abiding citizen.
- Pay your taxes and all levies due to the government. Rom 13:6-7, Matthew 22:19-21
- Don’t speak evil against them but pray for them, 1Tim 2:1-3.
Honour your spiritual Leaders: 1 Timothy 5:17: Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
- Help with the work of ministry. Rom 16:3
- Support the vision God has committed into their hands.
- Make yourself available when they need you to serve, Rom 16:6.
- Honour and support them with your substance, Phil 4:14.
Honour your employer and boss: 1 Timothy 6:1: Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.
- Respect them.
- Be diligent in your work and not with eye service.
- Be punctual and make serving them your priority.
- Speak good of them and not evil.
Honour your Father and Mother: Ex 20:12. Honour thy father and thy mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
- Obey and follow their instructions. Eph 6:1
- When you are no longer under their guidance, ensure you carry them along in your decisions.
- Their opinion about who you marry should be respected.
- Take care of them in their old age.
Honour your wife. 1 Peter 3:7: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
- Cherish her. Meaning show her care, Eph 5:29.
- Speak highly of her in the presence of others, Prov. 31:28-29.
- Honour to her means making her first on the list of priorities.
- Never forget important dates in her life: Birthdays, anniversaries and celebrate those days with her.
- Respect her opinions and listen to her.
- Honour your marriage vows, Heb 13:4.
Honour widows: 1 Timothy 5:3: Honour widows that are widows indeed. Note that not all widows qualify as widows in deed.
- Take care and support them.
- Help them to take care of their dependents.
In summary, honour all men but find out what honour means to every man and practice this to the point that it becomes a culture. Also note every act of honour attracts a reward apart from that fact that we get honour from God and men in return. Remain blessed and honourable.
Personal declaration for the day
I will sow seeds of honour and not dishonour.
Questions for you to reflect on
What is honour to you?
Who are you to honour.