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Honor in the Bible means “esteem, value, or great respect.” To honor someone is to value him highly or bestow value upon him. One preacher told me that “honor is like respect on steroids!” The Bible exhorts us to express honor and esteem toward certain people: our parents, the aged, and those in authority (Ephesians 6:2; Leviticus 19:32; Romans 13:1). But we must understand that all authority and honor belong to God alone (1 Chronicles 29:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 5:13). Though He can delegate His authority to others, it still belongs to Him (Ephesians 4:11-12).
The Bible speaks of another noteworthy group of people who are deserving of “double honor,” the leadership of the church! “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17). I will be the first to admit that I am NOT perfect, however, when I position my thoughts and intentions to honor and respect leadership God gives me an added portion of Grace. Settle down, take a deep breath and focus your spirit on what would the Lord have you to do for your leader. It does not have to be done openly...I can promise you that smallest gesture reaps the largest benefit.
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