Honor: A Lifestyle

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor; Outdo each other in honoring each other.
I have learned that God's way of doing things are usually different than our way of doing things.  But, I have also learned that if you want God's results, you must do things His way.  Many people are doing things their way, but demand to get God's results.  NO!  
When we look at our marriages, our children, our families, Christianity, the church and society, we must admit that we have made a wrong turn someplace along the way. What we are experiencing as a people is not what God had in mind.  God's way is holiness, righteousness, unity, obedience, humility, love, respect, honor.  All of these virtues leads to something greater than what we have envisioned.  Sure, we can look to the future and say, God has reserved the best for last.  I view that as an excuse to live in the future instead of living up to our responsibilities in the right now!  
We have, Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, The blood of Jesus Christ, Angels on assignment, the word of God, faith, confessions of faith and so on.  Yet, we still have constant chaos in all of the areas mentioned.
I believe that we must admit that there are some missing ingredients some place.  Some of the missing ingredients are areas that are not popular subjects to teach on and they require discipline, change and accountability.  
One of the things that God has place in my heart in a big way is HONOR!
Honor: esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation, reverence, confer distinction on. Speak highly of, esteem another in words and in action.
Honor is IMPORTANT, BIG AND SPECIAL to the LORD!  HONOR must be IMPORTANT, BIG AND SPECIAL to us also if we are to encounter Him in the manner we need Him.
HONOR is so important to God that He made it a commandment with promise.
The Fifth Commandment says: Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”  
This 5th commandment is the connection between 1-4 and 6-10.  If you take away this 5th commandment, all of society is left in chaos.  Parents must live honorable lives, teach it to the children and is supposed to be demonstrated throughout our lives.  
Give to whom it is owed!
Romans 13:7 Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.
I believe we have withheld honor where honor was due (for personal, internal reasons) and it hindered what God wanted to do through us and among us.
There are more, but I want to speak of five groups we need to show honor to.  It will benefit you greatly when you do so.  It will clear the atmosphere and provide room for the presence of God.  I challenge you to do so.  Go out of your way to do so.
esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation, reverence, confer distinction on. Speak highly of, esteem another in words and in action.
1. Honor God above all.
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth And with the first fruits of all your crops (income); You honor God by giving Him what is His!  Honor is what you give!
2. Husband honor wife.
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.  
3. Children Honor Your Parents
Children must honor their parents. The Bible is incredibly clear on this one. It is so important, God actually included it in his top ten in, Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
So often, the opposite happens. I can 't tell you how many times I have seen teenagers (even pre-teens) speak disrespectfully to their parents.  It seems like some kids even go out of their way to dishonor their parents, trashing them online or even to their faces.  Our culture seems to celebrate this behavior, often displaying it as comedy.  
4. Honor Your Church Elders/Leaders  
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.  
The Bible tells us that we are to show honor to those who spiritually instruct and disciple us: The bible actually says to show them double honor.  Tell them you value them, and then demonstrate it by your actions.

At church, single out the people who serve you.  Thank them, show them honor.  Write a note to those who minister to your kids.  Encourage them and esteem them highly.  Outdo one another in showing honor.  
5. Honor all men
1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Love honors and reveals Jesus Christ!  Honor is a ministry of love and kindness!

1 Comment

kiptoon - November 17th, 2021 at 10:46am

This message is very helpful and especially in the current world set-up.

Thanks and be Blessed