“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: The culture of honour is emphatic in the epistles.
In our investigation in this subject, we saw how Jesus taught honour in the four gospels:
- Honour for ministers of the gospel.
- Honour for natural parents.
- Honour to the son (that is, Jesus) which is the same as honouring the father.
That said, in the epistles, there are volumes of instruction as touching honour even though we will see only a few. In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, just like in the synoptic account, Paul echoed same fact as honouring natural parents, it reads “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:1-2). Notice Paul brings in two facts here:
- Obeying our parents in the Lord which will refer to our spiritual parents.
- Honouring our father and our mother which refers to our physical/natural parents.
In other words, Paul echoes same fact taught by Jesus in the four gospels (that is, obedience for ministers of the gospel and honour for natural parents). Also, notice our key text Romans 12:9-13 which is Paul’s letter to the church at Rome has the concept of honour, Paul said “in honour preferring one another” and this he explained in his previous statement as walking in love (that is, brotherly love). In chapter 13 verse 7 of Romans, Paul spoke in reference to giving honour to authority or to men in position of authority in this world, it reads “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom is due; fear to whom fear is due; honour to whom honour is due”. In chapter 6 of his first epistle to Timothy, he spoke of servants giving honour to masters, it reads “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1Timothy 6:1 &16). Notice in verse 1 of 1Timothy 6, he speaks of honour being given to masters and in verses 16 of the same chapter, he ascribes honour to God (the one who dwells in unapproachable light). So, just like in Jesus’ case, where He talked about honouring men (ministers of the gospel, natural parents) and honouring God which equals honouring Him, the epistles from the few scriptures we have read above echoes the same fact. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Honour is your lifestyle as a believer, so live in it.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I heed to the instruction of scriptures as regards conducting myself in honor. I honor men and I honor You, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Honor is our lifestyle as men born of the spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 12