A number of important character traits seem to be falling by the wayside in our current culture. Two of such qualities are respect and honor. In many ways our world is becoming more disrespectful and dishonoring of those deserving of our esteem, valuing and appreciation.
Throughout the Bible we are taught and commanded to respect and honor certain people. We are instructed to honor and respect God, our parents, our spouse, our elders, our spiritual and civil leaders, all those who serve us in some way, and one another in the body of Christ. Actually, we should give every person we come in contact with the gift of respect and honor.
Take a look at what the Apostle Paul wrote about this in one of his letters:
“Give everyone what you owe him … if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” — Romans 13:7 (NIV)
Paul reminded us that there are people we owe respect and honor. To fail to give them our respect and honor is to leave a debt unpaid! It is to selfishly take for granted what they have done and are doing for us. It is a sign of ingratitude and short-sightedness. It is a mark of undeveloped and immature character. It is to fail to understand that our advantages come from others’ hard work and sacrifices.
What we need is a revival of these important qualities. You and I can be the starting place for renewing a culture of respect and honor. Make a decision to become a respectful and honoring person. Not only will it encourage others, it will bless you!