As for the honors which come from men, unless one receives them with much dignity he is ensnared by two contrary affections—by the sevility of flattery and the folly of conceit.—Chrysostom
Better to die ten thousand deaths,
Than wound my honor.—Addison
"Be not ye called Rabbi" (Matt. 23:8).
"In honor preferring one another" (Rom. 12:10).
On one occasion when in London, I was walking home from a meeting; part of the way I was accompanied by the Marquis of Aberdeen (who had presided) and the Lord Bishop of Norwich (who had been one of the speakers). Being an American, and unaccustomed to titles, I felt embarrassed as to how I should address men of their position. I expressed my perplexity, and the Marquis replied, "My dear brother, just address us as your brethren in Christ. We could have no higher honor than that." This was surely to enter into the spirit of what the Lord Jesus taught.
We are told to give honor to whom honor is due. On the other hand, the servant of Christ is to seek the honor that cometh from God only. The first passage delivers from rudeness and that pride which apes humility, as it refuses to recognize the gifts which Christ has given to His Church. The other is a rebuke to all self-seeking and fleshly ostentation on the part of those to whom the Lord has entrusted any special ministry for the edification of His Church.
In the smoking compartment of a Pullman, there were six men smoking and reading. All of a sudden a door banged and the conductor's voice cried:
"All tickets, please!"
Then one of the men in the compartment leaped to his feet, scanned the faces of the others and said, slowly and impressively:
"Gentlemen, I trust to your honor."
And he dived under the seat and remained there in a small, silent knot till the conductor was safely gone.
Titles of honour add not to his worth,
Who is himself an honour to his titles.—John Ford.