May 1, 2011

Day 15: Love Is Honorable

"To honor someone means to give them respect and high esteem, to treat them as being special and of great worth."

I love the word honor.  It is the one word that describes exactly what love is and should be.  It describes the loyalty and respect that comes with love.  There is no such thing as to love somebody and not honor them.  Honor is the word that describes what earthly love should be AND what our love towards God is.  That is why this word brings chills to my spine.  We honor our amazing God and He expects us to honor our spouse!  Honor is such a noble word used to describe the full extent of treating somebody well!  When you love somebody, they should always know how you feel because of how you treat them, because you HONOR them!

"But there's another word that calls us to a higher place, a word that isn't often equated with marriage, though its relevance cannot be understated.  It's a word that actually forms the basis for honor - the very reason why we give respect and high regard to our husband or wife.  The word is 'holy'."

God wants our mates to become "holy" in our eyes just as we are in His.  When somebody becomes "holy" to you, that person is sacred to you.  No one can rival in your heart.  The person will always be honored, praised, and defended.

That's what love dares to do - to say, "Of all the relationships I have, I will value ours the most.  Of all the things I'm willing to sacrifice, I will sacrifice the most for you.  With all your failures, sins, mistakes, and faults - past and present - I still choose to love and honor you."

The beauty of honor is providing an atmosphere of atmosphere that has room for mistakes and failures.  It should be the atmosphere that we can be ourselves and know that we will still be loved.

Love is honorable!

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