Most Christians would agree that love and honor are important values. But what does it look like to build a culture of love and honor?

At HRock we believe that this starts with God Himself.

  • God IS love (1 John 4:8)
  • God loved us even when we were His enemies (Romans 5:8).
  • Jesus gave us a new commandment: to love one another in the same way He loved us (John 13:34).

In a culture of love and honor, we must first learn how God loves us in order that we can learn to love others in a similar way. To grasp the magnitude of the love of God for each one of us is to wrestle with something infinite—yet it is a mystery into which God invites us to go deeper.

Paul defines love so eloquently in 1 Corinthians 13. This passage is a manifesto for a kingdom culture of love.

Paul Manwaring (Bethel Church) defines honor as

showing value for something because it reveals, reflects or points to the nature, attributes or power of God.”

To honor someone is therefore to recognize the glory that is on him or her. It is to see people as God sees them, in their God-given identity. It looks like celebrating others and not stumbling over who they are not.

The apostle Paul tells the church in Rome to outdo each other in showing honor (Romans 12:10). It seems like showing honor is the one place in the church where it’s OK to be competitive!

Honor looks like something. It looks like taking responsibility for our own actions. Love and honor look like valuing and protecting our relationships. Love and honor look like not trying to control people. King Solomon wrote that “humility comes before honor” (Proverbs 15:33). Learning humility is key if we are truly going to honor one another.

At HRock we believe that it is vital to learn to see ourselves and one another as God sees us. Only then can we truly love and honor one another.

Matt Dunn is an Associate Pastor at HRock Church and has a passion to see people discipled, healed up and equipped—ready to fulfill God’s purposes in their lives. He oversees the discipleship classes and small group network at HRock, as well as heading up our Guest Services team and being involved in the Sozo ministry.