“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: We are loud where the bible is loud and if the bible is loud on honour, then we cannot afford to be silent about it.
From the body of scriptures we’ve highlighted in the course of this study, it is very clear that the scripture is loud as touching the subject of honour. Thus, the importance of honour in our conduct towards one another cannot be overemphasized. The story of Jesus’ trip to his hometown, which was recorded by all the writers of the synoptic, clearly exemplifies this. Mark was more detailed in his documentation of that scenario, it reads “And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, from whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” (Mark 6:1-6). Now, observe Mark’s word in verse 5, “He (Jesus) could there do no mighty work”, this certainly was not an issue of will, neither was it a case of lack of ability. This is because shortly before the incident, Mark recorded in chapter 5:25-34 how he healed a woman who was sick with an issue of blood, and verses 35 to 42 of the same chapter 5 where he raised a twelve year old damsel back to life. So the issue in chapter 6 of Mark wouldn’t have been that Jesus lacked the power or ability. So the question now is what will be the issue in chapter 6 where Jesus was in his hometown? Observe Jesus’ words in verse 4 of chapter 6 “But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house”. So the issue in Jesus’ hometown was dishonor, it was the issue of offence. They dishonoured Jesus, they were offended in him and thus, by that attitude of dishonor, they rendered the power of God amongst them in their hometown ineffective. So, dishonour or offences can stop the flow or move of God’s power and you can now see why dishonor is very grave. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: The consequences of dishonor are grave; do not allow dishonor in your heart.
PRAYER: Father I declare today that my heart is right, my words are right towards men, I live in honor, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You can render God’s power powerless with the attitude of dishonour.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 5; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 6