Honor is quite a weighty word.
noun 1.honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor. 2.a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family. 3.high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor. 4. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead. 5. high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor.
It’s one of those intangibles, something money can’t buy. This week, God has been highlighting this word to me in many instances.The first was when I found out that my mother’s great, great grandmother from Ireland was named Honor. The second was here, when David honored Saul and Jonathan.
1 Peter 2:17 tells us that we should “honor all” and I can think of no better example than to honor those who wished us harm. Saul tried to kill David on numerous occasions. He forced David into caves and made him an outlaw, but many times we see David honor him. Here, in 2 Samuel 21, we see David honoring Saul even after his body has decayed. David honored Saul’s bones.
Because David honored Saul and his lineage, there is a small statement here in 2 Samuel that seemed as though the Holy Spirit colored it with a highlighter: “and after that God was moved by prayer for the land.”
God is moved when we honor others!
So, it makes me think about how well I honor others. Sure, I’m really good at honoring those who I believe deserve my honor, but how about those who do not? How well do I honor people I don’t agree with? people who will not honor me in return? people who have hurt me? people who currently hurt me? people who I didn’t vote for? Hmmmm….
Honor all. Looks like I have some work to do. 🙂