Respect and Honour:
Respect and honour – HELLO SIR ….., HELLO MA…
The scriptures teach honor and respect
1 Peter 2:17 KJV
 Honour all men . Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
This cuts across different spheres of human relationships
Particularly scriptures did and does use terms for this regard..
In other words, phrases used in referring to such person
Which can be also referenced as “lord”
Many times it was used for Him in the four gospels, it wasn’t lordship as we call him today but respect
Matthew 8:2,6 KJV
 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
It’s like saying “sir, so and so …”
Same way authorities were so referenced
Matthew 27:63 KJV
 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Yes, the English version does translate it this way.
When talking with strangers
John 4:11 KJV
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
The woman at the well
John 4:15,19 KJV
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Respect and honour shouldn’t be Limited:
She used it several times
This is honor in your speech.
The impotent man too
Did not know who Jesus was
John 5:7 KJV
 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
Yet called out with respect..
John 12:21 KJV
 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Others, to see Jesus
Mary even so referred to the stranger supposing it was a gardener (though it was Jesus)
John 20:15 KJV
 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Also Saul (Paul ) at first when he saw the lord ,not knowing who it was.. yet called out in respect
Acts 9:5 KJV
 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
It’s better translated, who are you sir.
It Shouldn’t be Conditional:
Even the Jailor
Acts 16:30 KJV
 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Same word used severally in the four gospels as ” lord “, an appellation of respect .
Not because they were saved and have accepted Jesus as The Lord
Just an attitude of respect.
Peter mentions this in relationship between husband and wife
1 Peter 3:6 KJV
 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Definitely our spiritual leaders or spiritual leaders
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 KJV
 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, that are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
 To esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Esteem Means to “regard highly” , elevate .
This will show in our use of words.
Respect, courtesy and honor…
Scriptures does teach respect and proper mode of calling persons whom we regard…
With true and honest respect
Also for strangers, not hi, hey etc
Just being a true Christian…
Bless our hearts
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.