1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Life is governed by laws and principles, men have spent time to understand physical and natural laws but neglected spiritual principles and laws. One of the most significant and important spiritual laws is that of honour.
The word “honour,” in its original idea, signifies respect or praise. It is that tribute of good opinion, which attends a character thought to be commendable. It is the external expression of the respect which is conceived to be due. Honor means to “weigh heavily,” to highly esteem and respect the opinion or office of another.
It has of recent become worrying the amount of disregard people have for others. Disregard for their peers, disregard for friends, disregard for their elders, disregard for their younger ones, disregard for wives, disregard for husbands and especially disregard for parents and spiritual heads.
“Your future is determined by who you choose to honor, and if you fail in your life, it will be because of a person you have chosen to dishonor.”
The spirit of God knew well hence he inspired through peter to write the scripture above. Honour is the seed for access. You never find access to a man you don’t honour. Some people are careless about how they talk to people, hence have missed out of a blessing God has put in that person’s custody for them.
Because of the severity of this principle God ensured it was one of the very first principles a child learns in the family.
Exodus 5:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Now this is the first law that had nothing to do with God but rather man’s interaction with man. In the ten commandments, the first four were reflective of mans relationship with God. So God was so concerned that he made sure first after him, was honour. That as a child you grow up knowing and learning honour.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
God knew that if we grew up learning honour in life it will forever be a part of us. Now God didn’t stop at saying honour for honours sake but rather he added a promise to it. “that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Never take men for granted, especially those that God has placed ahead of you. Never see a grace you are lacking and allow it pass you without honouring it. More grace.