“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: Honour is a prime word in the scriptures.
In our investigation on this subject, we established that they are overwhelming instructions in the scriptures as touching the believer’s conduct. Yes, salvation is by grace, but growth in grace (that is, growth in salvation or the knowledge of salvation or spiritual growth) influences our conduct. However, in our study, we will be restricted only within the conduit of the subject of honour. The local assembly or the gathering of saints in a local assembly must be a place where honour to God the father, to His son Jesus Christ, to the ministers of the gospels and to fellow believers must be esteemed with high regard. Honour must be our conduct and attitude as believers in a local church, why? This is because the scriptures (as we will see in the course of our study) are replete with instructions as touching honour for ministers of the gospel, for fellow believers, for membership and leaderships, for earthly parents, etc. Jesus Himself spoke emphatically about honour which we will see in the course of this study. The apostles also spoke about honour in their epistles. Paul the apostle had overwhelming instructions in his epistles as touching the subject of honour. Hence, the subject of honour cannot be overemphasized. The word “honour” in normal dialect means recognition of importance or value, respect, veneration. So, honour means to respect, to treat as uncommon or to treat as sacred; to regard.
Now, synonymous to the subject of honour will be “walking to love”. Hence, why in our key text where honour is implied, walking in love (brotherly love) is in the undertone of it. Meaning, living a life of honour shows you are walking in love, and invariably living in dishonor shows you are not walking in love. Also, underlying these two factors (honour and walking in love) will be how to deal with offenses in a local assembly. There will be no need to live in honour or walk in love if there are no offenses, because there is bound to be offenses where human relationship exist (including relationship amongst brethren in a local assembly), hence, the instruction to walk in love or live a life of honour. So scriptures instruct us to live a life of honour as believers and this we will see in our investigation in subsequent studies.
INSTRUCTION: You cannot afford to live in dishonor; don’t live in dishonor because the danger is grave.
PRAYER: Father Lord, I receive the ability to discern, to spot out where I might have been living in dishonor without knowing, and therefore walk in my nature which is love where I conduct myself in honour, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You cannot be walking in love in dishonor and vice versa.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 13