“Outdo one another in showing honor” – Romans 12:10 ESV
Honor is very powerful. It uplift the soul of us and others. Honor is something we should practice daily. Honor is a virtue that simply means to bestow the God given worth to a particular person or action. The presence or absence of this virtue often acts as a thermometer of a healthy self. Galatians 6 (NLT) teaches, those who satisfy sinful desires will have the consequences and those who please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Complaining and dishonor are a reason for self-evaluation and reflection. This kind of reflection serves as an indicator to remind us that we need God. There is simply no reason to ever dishonor God. Further, no justification for it.
I’ve heard it said that when we allow offense; we are choosing ourselves rather than God. Many things may test our patience or tempt us to not be honoring but giving into our desires brings consequence that often do not impact just ourselves. God desires obedience more than sacrifice and when we choose to be obedient and do good to everyone whenever we have the opportunity life comes forth rather than consequence (Galatians 6 NLT).
Beauty is reaped from sowing honor. “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21 ESV). I love Romans 12 (ESV) which says, “to outdo one another in showing honor is says to love one another with brotherly affection.” Esteeming others above yourself and honoring others is such a beautiful way to show love for them. When we honor others it highlights the work of Christ and shows how God sees them. Biblically, we receive to give. So, why not do good to everyone whenever we have the opportunity?. God works in us and through us. Our honor responds in celebration to Him.