To honor someone means to give them respect and high esteem, to treat them as special and of great worth. When we speak to our spouse, we should be courteous and polite. When they are speaking to us, we should give them our full attention. Another word that reflects our relationship with our spouse is holy. To be holy means to be set apart for a higher purpose. To us our spouse is honored, praised, and defended. We enter “holy matrimony” when we are married. This means that no other person enjoys this level of commitment and endearment from us.
Because we live in a fallen world, sin exists and we are not married to perfect people. We choose to honor our spouse even when we feel rejected, unloved, or unappreciated. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:10 to be “devoted to one another in love” and to ” honor one another above yourselves”. If our attempts at honor go unreciprocated, we are to give honor just the same.
CHALLENGE: Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. Show them that they are highly esteemed in your eyes.