HonorBy: Joseph H. Murray
Honor – Glory; fame; renown (credit for acting well).
“Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13:8).
We are debtors to every man with whom we come in contact. Some we must rebuke, and to others, we must show favor. Both must be done in the love of God, and that in itself will be the love of God. “Open rebuke is better than secret love” (Prov. 27:5). “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools” (Eccles. 7:5). “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Prov. 9:8–9).
In the Ending – God
In Between – God
Honor – Rom. 13:7 [“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”]
Tribute – Taxes. An acknowledgement of thanks or respect.
Custom – A usual action; habit. A habit for so long that it has almost become a law. Follow custom as long as it does not conflict with your service to God.
Fear – Fear to the child of God should be directed in this direction. Fear God and godly men – and all men who are invested with God’s power. That is to have a godly reverence for them. “For . . . the powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1).