But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.
Even Jesus didn’t get honored among the people that were familiar with Him. He could do very few miracles in His own town because they didn’t believe. When we don’t place honor on our spouse for the part that they play in our home it limits the blessing that we will receive from their gifts that God has given them. We are missing out on God’s best because our pride is keeping the focus on how much that we have done without recognition instead of honoring what they have done. We have to humble ourselves.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
It takes humility to honor someone, especially if you feel like you are not being honored. It has to begin somewhere. It might as well start with us.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
The New Living Translation says:
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
So not only do we need to place honor on our spouse, but we need to be taking delight in doing so. We can’t just go through the motions begrudgingly. Our spouse will recognize our sincerity and in return reciprocate. An atmosphere of honor will be established and God will be able to do great works in our households!
Father, we thank You that riches and honor come from You. Thank You for the hard work and diligence of our spouse. Forgive us for not placing honor on them because we have become too familiar. Help us see them with Your eyes. Make us aware of all that they contribute and recognize their efforts. Take away any pride that is keeping us from doing so. We want You to do great works in our homes. We place honor on You Lord and give You all the glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!