(Romans 12:10 ESV) “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
✓ Honor – value, worth, weight.
✓ Dishonor – to take lightly.
(Mark 6:1-5 NIV) “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”
If dishonor kept Jesus from doing miracles, is it possible that dishonor prevents God’s blessing in our lives?
✓ Familiarity causes dishonor.
✓ Offenses cause dishonor.
1. Honoring begins with God’s claim on them.
(Ephesians 5:21 NIV) “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
2. Honoring benefits me too.
(Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV) “Honor your father and mother”--which is the first commandment with a promise—“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
3. Honoring is decided not deserved.
(1 Peter 2:13-17 NIV) “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”