When we honour another person we choose to hold and treat them with high esteem and respect. Unfortunately the world we live in often is devoid of the culture of giving honour to people, until perhaps after a person dies. Most people are more prone to peddle criticism than honour and to want to pull people down rather than to think the best of them and lift them up.
It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of dishonouring another person because the world we live in often encourages the tearing down of others to make sure they “don’t get too big for their boots”, or to hit back when people have disappointed us in some way.
However one of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is to look for those things that are admirable and worthy of respect in them, and to then build that up. If we as individuals could come to understand our significance and that we are highly esteemed and valuable to God perhaps we would make more room for ourselves and other people to discover who we are, and our passion, purpose and call rather than overlooking what we don’t see as important.
Heaven I believe operates on a culture of honour and respect. Jesus sees our worth and that each one of us is worthy and honourable enough to die for. Even when we have messed up over and over He says that we are precious and important to Him. He doesn’t condemn, label, or harass us, but just encourages us everyday to come and be loved and to learn from Him. He gives us respect, and a new self esteem and if we listen it is based in who He says we are, rather than what our past, experience or others say we are.
Today I encourage you to spend some time thinking on the fact that you are worthy of great honour in God’s sight. He has such high esteem and respect for you and contrary to the world and the devil’s lies none of us are rubbish, failures, too far gone, or worthless in God’s sight.
Not only did Jesus die for you, but when you ask Him into your lives the Holy Spirit – God’s manifest presence comes and abides within you. He believes that you are honourable, holy and worthy enough to choose to make His home with you.
Next time you are tempted to look at yourself or speak about someone else as being less than worthy of honour and respect, think again and realise that we, and every person around us Jesus sees as valuable and honourable enough in His eyes to give His life for.1
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” (Romans 12:10)
Prayer: Lord help me to see myself and others through your eyes. That I am valuable, respected and held in high esteem by you, and that I would understand how much I am loved by you and to show the same love and respect to those around me. In Jesus name Amen.