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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Generational, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Redefining Honor

Redefining Honor

As I mentioned in a previous post, the concept of honor is lost on our generation. When New Testament writers reference the Fifth Commandment, they use the Greek word, timaō, which means “fix value on.”[1] Let’s say you have a penny and you want to honor it. According to the Greek definition, you do so by simply deciding to fix value on that penny. You don’t care that everyone else believes your penny is virtually worthless. It’s worth a lot to you, so you treasure it.

But that’s not how most people approach honor. Most people wait until something clearly shows a lot of value.  For example, it would be easy to fix value on a $1,000 bill. Its value is already well established, so anyone would “honor” its status and treasure it. Most often, the object of honor must have apparent worth before we place value on it.

However, the Biblical use of “honor” teaches that honoring your father and mother means simply choosing to fix value on them. You put value on those you honor—whether or not they have earned it or deserve it. (TWEET THIS) Honor isn’t contingent on their actions. When you decide to honor someone, you determine that they have worth. You add weight to them in your own frame of reference. You determine “This person is valuable.”

Does this line up with your understanding of honor?

[1] Strong’s: G5093

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  • Alicia Orzechowski

    I’ve always found it really important to know that Honor is not something I do when you act honorably. It is something I give because I am honorable.

    • That’s a great way to put it, Alicia! Thanks for commenting and for sharing!