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Romans 13:7 KJV

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

As Memorial Day approaches, I can’t help but think about all the individuals that gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy today. I cannot imagine where I would be if it wasn’t for the price that others paid for my freedoms. This applies in my life both naturally and spiritually. I am so thankful for every person that paid a price so I wouldn’t have to. They deserve honor!

Romans 13:7 says, “Render … honour to whom honour (is due).” When you look this word up you will see it tied to “price, value, reverence, and esteem.” When you honor someone you recognize their value and esteem and reverence them accordingly. I realize we live in a society that simply says that everyone is all the same. That could not be further from the truth. While God loves everyone the same, everyone is not the same. Everyone is not due the same honor. 

For example, Jesus deserves the highest honor because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the ultimate price. It would be impossible for us to honor him too much. Another example would be the soldier who died for our freedoms. Is it possible to pay them back for what they’ve done for us? Of course not, but they deserve our honor! A personal example for me would be my dad. I can’ t ever repay him for the Godly foundation he laid in my life. While I have built upon it, I didn’t lay that foundation. What I can do is be a person of honor and make sure that I give honor where honor is due!

While you are praising God freely this Memorial Day don’t forget that you can do that because many gave their lives for your freedom to worship and Jesus gave His life to give you free access back to the Father. Honor those to whom honor is due!

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