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QUESTION: How do you treat someone honorably?
ANSWER: Below I have compiled a list of Bible-based character traits that may help to define what it means to treat someone honorably (whether they are honorable or not). Take the following thought with you through the list: what you are asked to do may be difficult, if not impossible and just the opposite of their treatment of you – do it anyway. God commands it and His grace is either sufficient or it isn’t. This is your opportunity to “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44)
Be appreciative: acknowledge to God and others the ways in which they have served or helped you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Be considerate: be thoughtful of them and their feelings (Philippians 2:4).
Be cooperative: work or live with them in unity (Psalm 133:1; Romans 12:18).
Display deference: control your privileges and preferences over them in order not to offend those God has called you to serve; put their wishes or opinions before your own (1 Corinthians 10:33).
Be dependable: be worthy of trust and do what you have been told to do or what you said you would do, even if it means self-denial (1 Timothy 6:20).
Be equitable: show justice and impartiality to them and their ideas (Proverbs 1:3).
Be fair: work to see a situation from their viewpoint or perspective (Matthew 7:12).
Be forgiving: overlook their faults by responding as if there were no faults (Colossians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 2:10-11). (If you refuse to do this, Satan will always keep his advantage!)
Be friendly: be truly interested in the other person and how you can help them (Proverbs 18:24).
Be generous toward them: …for the glory God (Acts 20:35; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:8).
Be gentle: show careful thought or attention to the needs and feelings of others (2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Thessalonians 2:7; Titus 3:2; James 3:17; 1 Peter 2:18).
Be helpful: aid or assist them in order to improve their lot (Rom 15:1; 2 Cor 1:11; 3 John 1:8).
Be honest: be good and righteous; show a sense of fairness for the Lord’s sake (2 Cor 8:21; Rom 12:17).
Be humble: recognize your weaknesses and acknowledge that God and others are responsible for any of your so-called “accomplishments” (1 Pet 5:5-6; Prov 3:34; James 4:6).
Be Kind: show a genuine harmonious attitude toward others (get along) (Eph 4:32; 1 Cor 13:4).
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