“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 believers, we must not take scriptural admonitions on honour for gratitude.
In our studies so far, from the way honour was implied in the scriptures (in the four gospels and in the epistles), we came to deduce that the emphasis on the teaching of honour was an instruction to believers to:
- Honour God (the father)
- Honour the Lord Jesus (the first begotten from the dead)
- Honour ministers of the gospel
- Honour fellow believers (widows, masters, spouses, servants, children, and parents).
Note that (as we’ve seen in this studies) instructions were given to believers also to honour our natural parents (father and mother) and those men in position of authority in this world, such as kings, presidents, governors, vice chancellors, principals, etc. However, the emphasis was on the father, our Lord Jesus and his church (that is, fellow believers). So we can safely say that from the way honour was used by Jesus and his apostles in their epistles, it primarily should be our attitude towards people, places and events as believers in Christ. Thus, as believers, we ought to keep these scriptural admonitions fresh. Despite prevailing circumstances in our world, we must remain unspotted; we must guide our minds with all diligence and renew it as well from all worldly information which have gained mastery over our thinking. No wonder Solomon in his proverbs echoed this even as Paul in Romans 12 made it much clearer, they read “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Therefore, we cannot ignore the instructions in scriptures as living the life of honour as a believer, because to do so will be a dishonor in itself. So, as members of a local assembly or as believers in a local church, the admonitions on honour which are found in the scriptures must not be neglected by us for any reason and thus, we must allow this admonitions influence our conduct and govern how we ought to behave in a local church. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Keep the scriptural admonitions on honour fresh in your mind.
PRAYER: Father I declare that I am a doer of your word and not just a hearer of your word. Let your word which I am born of influence my conduct, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: A believer that has grown spiritually will conduct himself likewise.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1