The word “honor” in the Bible means respect, but also something more. It means to give weight to something or someone. We each have people in our lives whose advice carries more weight than others. That’s an example of how honor is used in Scriptures. When we honor our parents or God, we give them the kind of weight in our lives. The thing is that the Bible doesn’t just tell us to honor them only. There are lots of areas where we are to honor others. I heard someone once say, “When you show me respect (honor), I’ll show you respect (honor).” That is an unbiblical statement. We start with honoring people because we honor God who put His fingerprint on them and made them in His image.
Here are some Bible verses on honor.
1. Show respect for old people and honor them. Reverently obey me; I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:32 (GNT)
2. Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.
1 Peter 2:17 (AMP)
3. Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.
Romans 13:7 (AMP)
4. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Romans 12:10 (NLT)
5. And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (MSG)