Chapter 26 - Honor (A Memorial Day Special)

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Merriam Webster defines honor as the act of "regarding or treating someone with admiration and respect; to give special recognition to." 

So, who do we honor? 

In this Memorial Day special devotional, we honor those who have fought for our country so that we ourselves would not have to sacrifice our freedom. 

Many of us might think of Memorial Day as a day to get together, have a cookout, and enjoy family time. However, this isn't what the solemn day is all about. I say solemn and not joyful, simply because we are remembering those who died for us; who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from fighting in wars for us.

Soldiers fought our battles so that we wouldn't have to, much like Jesus did. Don't you think they deserve more recognition than a cookout? 

Of course! The Lord is protecting our fighting men and women every day, and we are reminded that in the scripture. 

Psalm 34:14, 18 says: 

14. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. 

18. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Soldiers depart to other countries and nations every day, seeking peace as they fight battles that average citizens hardly understand. They struggle daily with seeing terrifying situations unfold, along with missing their families back home. 

The Lord is with these soldiers, near to them as they try to mend their broken hearts and contrite spirits. (For the benefit of you who may not know what "contrite" means, it is defined as "feeling or expressing remorse; affected by guilt.")

Though, this is not the only place that we are reminded of the Lord's protection of those who fight for our freedom. 

Psalm 27:3-5 says:

3. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

4. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. 

5. For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 says:

13. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 

Romans 13:7-8 says:

7. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 

8. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Lastly, 2 Timothy 2:3 says: 

3. You, therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

This Memorial Day, remember those who have fought for our country, both the living and the dead, in prayer. There's a saying, "All gave some, some gave all." We should honor those who gave their all in protecting us.

After all, it is what we are told to do, particularly in Romans 13 as quoted before. We owe soldiers honor, as well as love. Back to Romans 13:8, "he who loves another has fulfilled the law." Have they not given us the greatest love of all, that some died for us in fighting for us? That some are still fighting, though they have retired from the war, with personal struggles that they can never recover from? 

Jesus himself said in John 15:13, 

13. "Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one's life for his friends. 

Though Jesus paid the ultimate price in dying for our sins, many soldiers have also paid a heavy price for us- and that is the price of our freedom, written in blood and trauma.

God bless all our fighting men and women

If you see a veteran or any army personnel this weekend, talk to them, and make sure they know that you appreciate what they have done for you and your country. Remember those who paid a heavy price and honor them as you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend. 

Have a great weekend!

**All scripture references were extracted from the New King James Version of the Bible**

**All scripture references were extracted from the New King James Version of the Bible**

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