CHOOSING TO HONOR
INTRO: It’s hard to give honor to someone who is not honorable. It seems to be popular to show dishonor. It is on TV and in movies. It seems that those who are dishonorable receive recognition that grows in proportion to their dishonorable behavior. We need to be honorable people in order to have an honorable society. We need to be taught to honor people in authority. We learn honor by example.
I. WHAT IS HONOR?
> The definition of honor is to value, respect, consider as precious, and give weight to.
- God is trying to instill honor in us.
- It starts with honoring God.
- We are also to honor one another, especially in the body of Christ.
- We try to teach it in the home first.
- It is pleasing to be in a home where honor is practiced with words and actions.
- When we honor our parents and we honor the Lord, there is a blessing.
- We should consider one another precious.
- God created us in His image; we should value each other.
> It is good to feel a sense of honor.
- It gives us faith when we practice honor.
- It brings blessings.
- When we honor, it helps to bring about a better quality of living.
- When we practice honor, it sets an example for others to follow.
II. HONOR IS A CHOICE
> The things we do make a difference.
- God was the perfect parent; Adam and Eve were in the perfect environment.
- Did God go wrong?
- No, Adam and Eve had choice – free will.
- The Israelites didn’t go to the Promised Land because they didn’t honor the Lord.
- Everyone except Joshua and Caleb died in the desert.
- They didn’t believe that God was able to help them conquer the land.
- Dishonor caused unbelief.
> We should honor those in authority.
- Every person is subject to governing authorities; they are instituted by God (Romans 13:1).
- “Whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2).
- Subject means to submit, to be obedient without question to a leader.
- But when we are told to go against God by a leader, we have to obey God.
- When we practice honor, faith is produced in us.
- The centurion understood and recognized Jesus’ authority (Matthew 8:5-13).
- He had faith that Jesus could heal his servant without going to his home.
- When we honor someone who is older, it shows respect.
> We choose whether or not to honor God.
- When we live according to God’s Word, we honor others, and we live in honor of God.
- Our attitude makes the difference.
- We need to honor with our words and our attitude (Matthew 15:1-9).
III. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER
> Many have fathers who didn’t do a good job of representing God.
- Maybe they didn’t know the Lord or His Word.
- It is hard to honor if we don’t respect someone.
- Familiarity breeds contempt; familiarity comes from family.
- Jesus said that a person is without honor in his hometown and among his own family (Matthew 13:57).
- We don’t honor those we should honor, especially when they are our family members.
- When we practice honor in our families, it is a good example.
> We are to honor and obey our father and mother (Exodus 20:12).
- Jesus was obedient to His parents (Luke 2:41-52).
- We obey when we are in their home; when we grow up, we honor them.
- “No one can tell me what to do.”
- Some children didn’t learn honor or refused to receive that training.
- In families, one child will honor and another will dishonor; it is a choice.
- We dishonor our parents when we speak ill of them.
- “If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness” (Proverbs 20:20).
- Parents are not perfect; we have to accept that parents cannot be perfect.
- We need to forgive whatever hurts we have.
- When we don’t honor our parents, there is no blessing.
- The best thing we can do is release ourselves from the prison of unforgiveness.
> Dishonoring begins with dishonoring parents.
- “They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents” (Romans 1:30).
- “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal…” (2 Timothy 3:2).
- Hitler taught children to turn in their parents to the state if they disagreed with Nazism.
- Hitler changed the nation by changing the thinking of the children.
- We have the ability to make moral choices.
- Our destiny depends upon the choices we make.
CONCLUSION: We set examples of honor when it’s in our heart to honor. It begins in the home. We should be people of honor with our mouths, our actions, and our attitudes. We need to be an honorable people so that our society will be honorable. This will bring honor to God. We can ask God to help us to be Jesus with skin on, examples of love and respect.