Honor means to hold in high esteem; to do the right thing; and/or a privilege. I remember mother teaching me the 10 commandments. She placed emphasis on the first 5:
1. I am the Lord, your God.
2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
The first 4 are about holding God in high esteem and to see and the day he set aside for rest. The 5th one is about holding our parents in high esteem. The next 5 are:
6. Thou shall not kill/murder.
7. Thou shall not commit adultery.
8. Thou shall not steal.
9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).
These have to do with choosing to do the right thing. Even those who don’t choose to be Christ followers know these rules of conduct allow us how to live in a society that is safe and honorable. Our law is based on the 10 commandments.
I’m considering my character traits. I’m flawed, a sinner. I don’t always behave in an honorable way. I’m ashamed, filled with guilt, unacceptable. But wait, there is a way to restore my honor. 1 John 1:8-10 The Message (MSG) “If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”
What does God do with my sins? Micah 7:18-20 The Message (MSG)”Where is the god who can compare with you—wiping the slate clean of guilt, turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people? You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham—Everything you promised our ancestors from a long time ago.” I’m not going fishing! But I need to remind myself in sticky situations that it’s an honor, a privilege, to behave honorably. I’m the one who controls my actions and behavior. I’m responsible for my honor.