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Feb 11

Honor

Honor?

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

“Render honor to whom honor is due.” Romans 13:7

Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the King.” 1 Peter 1:17

What is honor?

– Literally, “to make weighty.” – Webster’s, “to respect; esteem; recognize; value.” “As for Me, behold I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharoah and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharoah, through his chariots and his horsemen.” Exodus 14:17-18

What is dishonor?

– Literally, “disgrace; reproach; shame; maltreat; despise.”
– Webster’s, “to treat in a degrading manner.”

“The Jews then said, ‘That clinches it. We were right all along when we called you a Samaritan and said you were crazy – demon-possessed!’ Jesus said, ‘I’m not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while you dishonor me.” John 8:49

Why is honor such a big deal to God?

  • 1. It’s His nature!“For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eye witnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased” – and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.” 2 Peter 1:16-18
  • 2. He knows that honor releases life!“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16
  • 3. When we honor one another it releases Divine direction! (When we dishonor one another we become spiritually blind).“He who curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.” Proverbs 20:20“The eye that mocks his father and scorns obedience to this mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out and the young eagles will eat it.” Proverbs 30:17

    “Look, all of you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks: walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled – this you shall have from My hand: you shall lie down in torment.” Isaiah 50:11

We all desire to be honored (blessed! valued! esteemed!; recognized!)

We each want to be somebody significant!

When we’re younger each of use dreamed of what we would become or who we would be like.

But . . . somewhere on our journey, because our parents, our teachers, our friends and our employers did not have a culture of honor we were dishonored and as a result we lost the dream God put in our heart.

    Our value!
    Our self-esteem!
    Our significance!

How?

By being . . .

    Disrespected!
    Put down!
    Rejected!
    Teased!
    Cursed (lightly esteemed or devalued)!
    Misjudged!
    Dishonored!

Cultivating a “Culture of Honor” begins with parents and other authority figures humbling themselves before their children and asking for forgiveness! <p“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6

How Do We Cultivate a Culture of Honor in Our Homes?
1. Don’t use profanity (no name calling or put downs)!
2. Don’t relate to one another with a spirit of great demand (appeal graciously to one another)!
3. Look for ways to bless one another and then do it (serve one another)!
4. Say thank you when appropriate (express your gratitude).
5. Respect each other’s wishes (don’t violate each other’s boundaries).
6. Recognize each other’s contribution to the family (value the gifts and talents in one another).
7. Ask for forgiveness when appropriate (confess your sins to one another)!