This post is all about honor in the Bible
What exactly is honor in the Bible…and what does “honor is the currency of Heaven” mean?
In a nutshell, honor is something that can be given and received. Honor is what we as humans use to trade in the spiritual realm.
When people do things worthy of honor, they are given greater access to God and all He has for them. Conversely, when people live lives full of dishonor, they find themselves outside the will and presence of God.
This post will explore what the Bible says about honor and why it is so important.
Ready? Let’s go…
Why I’m writing this post
This past May, I watched a video where Francis Myles talked about honoring those who give birth to revelation. He further explained that people sometimes take a unique principle (steal) that someone coined and begin to share it as their own (deceit). Myles then stated that the people who do this will not carry authority if they don’t honor who originated the unique idea. Bottomline- give credit where it’s due!
I resonated with this because I value authenticity and integrity. I also believe in honoring those who have transformed our lives and also those who are originators of an idea.
I typically give lots of honor and credit to Terri Savelle Foy and numerous other people who have radically transformed my life.
After reading this post, I hope you will understand that honor gives one status in heaven. It’s super important!
P.S I’ve been writing this post on and off for the past few months, so I’m glad that I’m finally done writing it! Phew!
The rise of dishonor
There is a growing trend of dishonor in our world today. And it has severe consequences. When we don’t honor others, we miss out on opportunities to show our love and appreciation for them. We are also aligning ourselves against God’s values. As a result, we can expect fewer blessings from both men and God.
I believe that dishonor is a way the enemy can accuse us in the courts of heaven. For example, when we fail to honor our parents and mistreat them, then the enemy can accuse us and thus cause stagnation in our purpose journey.
One of the most obvious examples of this trend is the declining level of respect shown to authority figures. In the past, it was common for people to show respect to their elders, teachers, and those in positions of power. But today, there is a growing disrespect for authority figures. This is evident in how people talk to each other, especially online. People are more likely to say what they really think without considering how it might affect the other person.
This trend of dishonor is also evident in how people generally treat each other. There is a growing lack of courtesy and civility. When we don’t honor each other, we miss opportunities to build trust, rapport, and intimacy. And this has a negative impact on our relationships with others.
The bottom line is that dishonor has severe consequences. It can lead to division and conflict in our relationships. It can also cause us to miss out on blessings from both men and God.
What does “honor is the currency of heaven” mean?
The dictionary defines honor as “respect or esteem shown or felt by others.” It also defines currency as “something that is used as a medium of exchange, especially money.” So when we say that honor is the currency of heaven, we are saying that respect and esteem will get us ahead in the kingdom of God.
Honor is of intrinsic value, meaning it’s valuable in and of itself. It’s not like money, which can fluctuate in value. Honor is something that we can always count on to be valuable. And when we show honor to others, we invest in something that will never lose value.
We also see in the Bible that our value as Christians and the kingdom of God isn’t based on money or riches but on authenticity, matters of the heart, integrity, alignment with God’s values, etc. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So, what is the definition of honor in the bible?
Honoring others is a way to show that we are living out our faith authentically and with integrity. When we do this, we align ourselves with God’s values and demonstrate that we are committed to His kingdom. In turn, we can expect to receive favor from both men and God as we pursue our purpose in life.
8 Biblical principles on honor
Honor is a quality that is often misunderstood. Many people think that it is simply being polite and respectful, but honor goes much deeper than that.
Here are eight qualities or Biblical principles of honor:
1. It isn’t lip service
Honor comes from the heart and isn’t just something you say. It’s something that you genuinely feel. This is best illustrated in Isaiah 29:13, which says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
If you want to be a person of honor, then your words and actions must come from a place of sincerity. You can’t just say things because you think that’s what people want to hear. You have to mean them from the bottom of your heart.
2. It’s based on truth
Honor is built on a foundation of truth. This means you can’t lie or cheat to be honorable. If you want to be honorable, then you need to be truthful. You have to be honest in your words and actions, and you have to be true to your word.
This is best illustrated in Proverbs 12:17, which says “Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”
3. It’s humble
Honor isn’t about being the best or getting attention. It’s about being humble and serving others. This is best illustrated in Philippians 2:3, which says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
When you’re living with honor, you’re not focused on yourself. You’re focused on others and their needs. You’re willing to put their needs above your own, and you’re not looking for recognition or praise.
4. It’s respectful
Honor includes being respectful of others, even if you don’t agree with them. This doesn’t mean that you have to agree with everything they say or do, but it does mean that you treat them with respect.
1 Peter 2:17 says, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” When you respect others, you’re honoring them. You’re treating them how you would want to be treated and showing them kindness and courtesy.
5. It’s sacrificial
Honor isn’t about getting something for yourself. It’s about giving of yourself for the good of others. Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
When you’re living with honor, you’re willing to sacrifice your time, energy, and resources for the benefit of others. You’re not looking for accolades or recognition. You’re just happy to be able to help.
6. It’s excellent
Honor isn’t mediocrity. It’s excellence. This means that you strive to do your best in everything you do. You don’t settle for second-best, and you always try to improve.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” When working with excellence, you’re doing it for God and not yourself. You want to please him with your work and always strive to do your best.
7. It’s pure
Honor is also about being pure in your thoughts, words, and actions. This means that you avoid anything that could be harmful or hurtful to others. You don’t gossip or spread rumors. You don’t say things that could be hurtful or offensive. You try to live a life that is above reproach.
Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” When you’re living with honor, you’re trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. You’re avoiding anything that could be harmful to yourself or others, and you’re striving to live a life of purity.
8. It’s not honoring fools
Ok, I know this one sounds a bit harsh. That’s why I’m sneaking it in the tail end of the qualities. LOL. Social media has a way of honoring individuals who misguide people and lead them astray. These are grandiose people with inflated egos- their behavior goes completely against Christian morals and values.
Proverbs 26:1 says, “Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.” When you’re showing honor, you’re not giving misplaced attention or respect to people of this nature. You’re showing wisdom in your choices and not honoring foolish behavior.
11 people we need to honor
Here are 11 people we need to honor:
God is the creator of the universe. He is the one who has given us life. We need to honor Him because He is so good to us. Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will, they existed and were created.”
Revelation 5:13 also says, “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
These verses show that we need to honor God because He is worthy of all our praise.
Our parents are the people who brought us into this world. They are the ones who have cared for us and nurtured us. We need to honor them because they have done so much for us. Ephesians 6:2-3 says, “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Exodus 20:12 also commands us to “honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” These verses show us that we need to honor our parents so that we can have a good life.
3. Our bodies
Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. We need to honor them because they are so special to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
This verse shows us that we need to honor our bodies because they are the home of the Holy Spirit.
Authority is important because it is established by God. We need to honor those in authority over us because God put them there.
Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
Romans 13:7 says, “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
5. Honoring others
We need to honor each other because we are all created in the image of God.
Romans 12:10 says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
This verse shows us that we need to honor each other because we are all made in God’s image and should love each other as brothers and sisters.
Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
This verse shows us that children are a gift from God. We should honor them by loving them and caring for them.
7. Your spouse
1 Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Ephesians 5:33 says, “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” These verses show us that we need to honor our spouses because they are our partners in life, and we should love and respect them.
8. Church leaders
1 Thessalonians 5:12 says, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,”
This verse shows us that we need to honor those who are in positions of leadership in our churches because they are working hard to serve the Lord.
Leviticus 19:32 says, “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.”
This verse shows us that we need to honor our elders because they are to be respected.
Mentors are another group of people who can greatly impact our lives. A mentor is someone who can guide us in the right direction. Mentors can help us to avoid making mistakes and can teach us how to live a godly life.
Proverbs 15:33 says, “The fear of the Lord teaches wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel”
This verse shows us that it is important to learn from our mentors and be humble so that we can increase in learning.
11. The poor
Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
This verse tells us that we should be kind to those who are less fortunate than us. We need to help them and show them compassion.
Examples of honor in the Bible
The first story of honor is the story of Ruth. Ruth chose to stay with her mother-in-law even though she had the opportunity to leave. This act of loyalty and dedication is an example of true honor. In our own lives, we may be faced with situations where we are tempted to abandon our commitments. However, if we remember Ruth’s example, we can choose to honor our commitments even when it’s deemed unpopular.
The second story of honor comes from the life of David. When Saul was pursuing David, he had many opportunities to kill him. However, David refused to do so because he respected Saul as the king. Even though Saul was trying to kill him, David still honored him. This teaches us that we should respect those in positions of authority, even when they are making life difficult for us.
The third and final story of honor is the story of Esther. In this story, Esther risked her life to save her people from destruction. Even though she knew the risks, she still did what was right. This teaches us that we should always do what is right and honor our purpose and position, even when it is difficult.
And that’s it, folks; honor in the Bible
Honor is the most valuable currency we have to give. It’s what will get us ahead in the kingdom of God. And when we show honor to others, we invest in something that will never lose value.
So let us always be mindful of how we can show honor to ourselves and others. In doing so, we will obtain favor from both men and God as we pursue our purpose in life.