Honor Affirms Value
Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image and He died to restore them to relationship. We are significant.(Gen. 1:26; Eph. 4:22-24; Rom. 12:10)
The level of value we have for one another influences the measure of impact we have on each other.(Matt. 10:41; John 13:35; Phil. 2:1-4)
We call out the best in people and celebrate them in spite of our differences, responding to people based on who we are and their God-given identity, not simply their behavior or self-definition.(1 Cor. 12:18; 24-26, 14:3; Phil. 4:8)
Honor must be demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with. Honor avoids controlling others but does confront, limit and discipline when necessary.(1 Cor. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:11-16)
What does it look like?
We love people that we cannot receive anything from.(Rom. 5:8; Matt. 25:40, 45; Matt. 10:42; Prov. 14:31)
We continually ask God how He sees the people in our lives and encourage them with the truths that He tells us about them.(Matt. 16:17-19; 1 Cor. 14:3-5)
We know there are levels of honor and responsibility because of people’s positions in the body, anointing or favor with God. So as we honor one another, we receive “grace” and strength from each other.(1 Tim. 5:17; Eph. 4:7-14; I Cor. 12:18, 24-26; Matt.10:40-42)
We see where people fit in the body of Christ and celebrate their individuality.(1 Cor. 12; Rom. 12:4; Eph. 4:7)
We love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.(Luke 23:34; Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 9:54-56)
We honor the future generations and desire to see them prosper and outgrow us.(Deut. 31:23; 2 Kings 2; 1 Chron. 28:20; John 14:12)
Rather than judging people outside of the church, we love them and serve them into the Kingdom.(Matt. 10:8; Mark 2:13-17; Rom. 2:4; Heb. 13:17)
We work with brothers and sisters when they sin to find “root issues” behind their behavior and restore them.(Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:21; Matt. 18:15; Luke 17:3-4)
We are not saying…
…we never confront people or call them to live up to their true identities.(1 Cor. 4:14; Luke 9:54-56; 2 Cor. 7:1)
…everyone is equal, and we operate from a “round table” where everyone has the same favor.(1 Cor. 12:18, 24-26; Matt. 10:41)
…honoring others will mean our lives will not be blessed.(Matt. 5:1-12; Matt. 10:41; Mark 10:28-30)
…leaders are allowed to be destructive, manipulating and controlling.(Matt. 10:25-26; 1 Pet. 5:3; 1 Cor. 3:12-13)
…we honor in certain environments, but not in others.(Matt. 19:13-15; John 13:34-35; John 4:1-42)
…we always have to agree with everyone and can’t have different opinions.(Eph. 4:1-4; Acts 18:24-26)
…people can’t choose to behave their way out of our fellowship.(Tit. 3:9-11; Matt. 18:15-18; 2 John 1:10; 1 Cor. 5:4-6, 1 Thess. 5:12-15)
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