“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 cost of dishonour can be very grave, so don’t allow it.
We’ve been looking into the incident in Jesus’ hometown in Mark’s synoptic (Mark 6:1-6) and we discovered that dishonour was a hindrance to the flow of God’s power in their midst. And we saw that however those who received earlier (the woman with the issue of blood for instance) saw and received him as Jesus the healer. That is why the woman with the issue of blood heard of Jesus and then came to conclusion that she would be made whole by just touching his clothes (Mark 6:27-28). And we concluded from Acts 2:27 and Acts 10:37 that she must have heard of Jesus as the anointed of God and then believed in that office of Jesus for her healing which she received subsequently. You will notice in the story that it was after she touched him and got healed of the plague, that she revealed what had happened to Jesus; “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague” (Mark 5:28-29). In verses 21 to 24 of same chapter 5, he was on his way to Jairus’ house to heal his sick daughter, it reads “And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him” (Mark 5:21-24). Therefore, we can safely say that faith receives the power of God, while offences, unbelief and dishonour stifle the power of God. Thus, honour in this regard is faith in action. Therefore, the cost of dishonour can be very grave. If the power of God could not stand the atmosphere of dishonour in Jesus’ hometown, then the power of God will be stifled in a local assembly where dishonour is given a place. The attitude of dishonour makes it difficult to receive from God; it also hinders receiving from men (ministers of the gospel) whom God has placed in your local assembly to be of blessing to you. You cannot allow dishonour or offences in you
INSTRUCTION: Don’t allow offences in you.
PRAYER: Father I declare that I am always a channel through which your power operates through me and not a channel where your power is stifled, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: You can easily receive from God in an atmosphere of honor and hardly receive from God in the atmosphere of dishonor.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 5 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 10