Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10 NLT
If you have children at home, an important lesson to teach is how they can outdo one another in showing honor. By taking advantage of opportunities at home, our children can learn the importance of showing sincere appreciation and admiration to others.
Ask your family members who they really admire and why, focusing on the character qualities or skills this person has. Next, invite this special person over to dinner. Honor your guest, sharing specific attributes and examples that your family admires in them. The motive is to show honor and learn from them. Role play ahead of time, before guests arrive, ways to show honor by sincerely complimenting.
Role model showing honor to your children by showing your teachable heart, giving attention by noticing the strengths of others, and encouraging freedom in complimenting. Include your children in the process of honoring others–it will make a lifelong impact on your children. Creating an environment of showing honor will allow opportunity to discuss the difference between flattery and praise. It will also allow you to warn them of the dangers of false flattery.