When It's Hard To Honor

Can I be real? It’s hard to honor someone who has hurt you so deeply or never showed you honor or respect. Our natural tendency is to repay evil for evil and seek retribution.

But the apostle Peter tells us Christians to live “not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9). The Bible challenges us regularly in this area: Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, turn the other cheek, and so on. In Matthew 5:44-47, Jesus asked if you only love the people that love you, then where is your reward? How are you any different than the heathens?

Love for a hurtful parent or spouse doesn’t come from our own abilities. It comes from the supernatural love of Jesus who died for us even while we were undeserving sinners (Romans 5:8). Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can choose to love those who we feel don’t deserve it.

You need to honor not because you think they deserve it, but because God asked you to. By doing so, you honor God by keeping His commandments.

Here’s some things that may help you honor and move forward even when it’s hard:
1. Forgive what they did.
2. Don’t let the bad eat up the good
3. Choose to speak kindly of them
4. Pray for them
5. Share the Gospel

Praying for you and me as we honor...even when it’s hard to do so.

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