Day 18: Relationships

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Honor all people. - 1 Peter 2:17


Honor all people; three short words. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It’s easy to honor people we’ve decided are honorable, but that may not include all the people in our life. God’s Word commands (not suggests) us to honor all people, it’s the foundation for building and maintaining our relationships. 

To honor means to value. When we honor someone, we are showing that person that they have value and that we value them. When we honor a person, we are imitators of God, modeling how God sees them; valuable and valued. We value people (or devalue people) by our thoughts, words, and actions. It begins in our heart. 

Honor all people. What if you don’t like them? What if they’ve hurt you, treated you badly, dishonored you or not valued you? Does that give you permission to dishonor or not value them? No. God does not nullify His Word by giving exceptions, but rather tells us to be doers of His Word, not just hearers. He tells us to value people with no exceptions. Forgiveness will clear the way for you to be obedient in honoring those who have dishonored you. Doing His Word by honoring all people, even those who have dishonored you, will result in you being blessed in all that you do.

Today’s Declaration

I honor all people. (Peter 2:17)
I am an imitator of God. (Ephesians 5:1)
I am a doer of the Word, not just a hearer only.  (James 1:22)
I forgive others, as my Father has forgiven me. (Matthew 6:14)
My obedience to you, Lord, is not dependent upon how I’ve been treated, but rather out of my love for You.
I am blessed in my relationships and all that I do!

Suzanne Young