1 Peter 2:17
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
I. To DIFFERENT CLASSES.
(1) In office.
(2) In rank and station.
(3) In talent and attainments.
2. Equals (Romans 12:10).
3. Inferiors. I remember to have heard a friend once say, after passing and noticing a poor man, "When I meet a human being I always wish to consider that I meet a brother."
II. TO DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
1. The good. "Go and do likewise." You cannot honour a good man more than by treading in his steps.
2. The bad.
(1) By sincere pity and kind concern.
(2) By advice and counsel.
(3) By your prayers.
(4) By readiness to do them good.
III. DIFFERENT AGES.
1. Old age. The ancient Spartans were famous for the respect they paid to the aged; so that it was not unusual to say, "It is a pleasure to grow old in Lace demon." Let this pleasure be enjoyed by the aged among us.
2. The young are to be honoured by tender and faithful solicitude for their welfare; by a concern for the right formation of their characters, and the fixing of right principles in their minds. And if they are yet under authority, by affectionate care of them, their persons, their morals, their company, their habits, and especially their souls.
IV. DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES.
1. The afflicted. Bear one another's burdens. Mutual sympathy is mutual honour.
2. The prosperous. You will honour yourself, as well as your neighbour, when you rejoice in his prosperity, and feel your own happiness increased by witnessing his.
3. The perplexed. Feel for and assist them.
4. Relations and strangers, countrymen and foreigners, those who belong to our own party or denomination and those who belong to others, all have some claim upon us. More especially let us honour an upright conscience wherever it exists, although its conclusions may be different from our own.
Parallel VersesKJV: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.