In our current series at LifeChurch.tv called Forgotten Virtues, the first message I taught was on “Honor.” If you are interested, you can view it here.
When Jesus said a prophet is without honor in his hometown, the Greek word he used was “atimos” (pronounced at’-ee’-mos). It means to dishonor, to treat as common or ordinary.
The word translated as honor from Greek is the word “time” (prounounced tim-may’). It means to value or highly esteem. This word means to treat as precious, weighty or valuable.
Applied to our daily lives, we could say:
- Honor builds up. Dishonor tears down.
- Honor believes the best. Dishonor believes the worst.
- Honor values. Dishonor devalues.
If you want a common marriage, dishonor your spouse. Treat him or her as ordinary. If you want an exceptional marriage, highly esteem your spouse. Treat him or her as precious or valuable.
You might say, “But he isn’t acting honorably.”
Remember, respect is earned, but honor is given. If you treat someone with honor even though they haven’t earned it, they might start behaving honorably.
Romans 12:10 in the ESV says, Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Emphasis mine)