“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: As men born of the spirit, we cannot conduct ourselves in dishonour but in honour.
Having seen how the word “honour” was used in the synoptic accounts as implied in Jesus’ teaching ministry, we began investigating through a body of scriptures in the epistles where the apostles were replete on the instruction to conduct ourselves in honour. Recall, we established that the subject of honour was implied emphatically in the epistles even though we are only going to see a few which we began in our previous study. Recall, in our key text Romans 12:9-13, Paul speaks of brotherly love which is love amongst brethren in context and this is what he explained in context as honouring one another. We also saw Romans 13:7 where Paul speaks of giving honour to authorities and Ephesians 6:1-2 where Paul speaks of honouring natural parents. Furthermore, in chapter 5 of Paul’s first epistle to Timothy, Paul spoke with reference to honouring widows, it reads “Honour widows that are widows indeed. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1Timothy 5:3 & 17). The writer of Hebrews in chapter 2 echoes on honour with reference to the person of Jesus, it reads “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:7 & 9). Apostle Peter in his first epistles spoke of honouring men and kings; it reads “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king” (1Peter 2:17). Thus, from the overwhelming evidences, we’ve seen so far in the epistles where honour is implied is not cited in this study, coupled with how Jesus spoke in regards to honour in the four gospels, it is therefore clear that the subject of honour is replete in the scriptures. And from what we’ve seen so far in this subject where the teaching of honour was implied in all the texts seen so far and others in the epistles, we can therefore deduce that the emphasis on the teaching of honour was for believers to honour:
- God the father.
- Our lord Jesus Christ (the first born from the dead).
- Ministers of the gospel
- Fellow believers in a local assembly irrespective of status (inclusive of spouses, masters, widows, servants, children and natural parents).
So with all of this highlighted text, we can safely say that the subject of honour is very critical and thus, cannot be overemphasized. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Honor is an attitude in the Christian faith, walk in it.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the culture of honor regulates my lifestyle as a believer, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Honour is an attitude and an attribute in the Christian faith.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 3