We have been privileged to learn so much about honour and its rewards in the nearest past; however, upon further consideration and contemplation of the scriptures, we find loads and loads of valuable lessons on the subject of honour. Permit me to shed some light on another worthy aspect of honour that I find very instructive in the pursuit of honour and its rewards.
Honour has been defined as respect; regard and holding someone in high esteem all which of these are very true. However, it is important also to note that honour can also be further defined as “having a keen sense of ethical conduct in our daily interaction with others with a view to bringing glory to God.”
The Bible says, “Them that honour me I will honour,” 1Samuel 2:15. This means to be honourable therefore suggests that you have a manner of life that as a matter of top priority brings honour to God and by the same means attracts the honour of God.
Honouring God would therefore mean to respect His word, reverence Him and conduct your life in line with his instructions and acting on it without second thoughts. Honour is a call to a life of meekness and not a life of weakness. Being honourable will usually involve making tough decisions to go the distance with God in accordance with the full demands of His word.
HONOUR GOD AMONGST YOUR UNBELIEVING NEIGHBOURS
Honour is usually used to refer to one’s word as a guarantee, describing our personal integrity. A lot of Christians experience shock when they come up against bad publicity or attack on their personality and that sometimes, when they make attempts to demonstrate or uphold their allegiance to God in their choices and manner of life. The Bible clearly tells us to expect this to happen.
1Peter 2:12 – Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles : that , whereas they speak against you as evildoers , they may by your good works which they shall behold , glorify God in the day of visitation.
The great consolation however, is that when they observe your manner of life and your good works, they will be compelled to glorify God on your account. This perhaps, is one of the most significant ways by which we honour God. Jesus said in one of His sermons, “Let your light so shine among men that may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
All these scriptures speak very eloquently of how our actions towards those who are non believers can lead to the glory of God. It is therefore correct to say that living honourably and honestly is key to glorifying God.
Study shows that the word “honest” as used in 1Peter 2verse 12, has the same historical root and meaning as the word honour. A believer who is therefore living by unclear standards or questionable manner of life cannot be said to be honourable because his actions do not match his Christian confessions.
THE OPPOSITE OF HONOUR
Shame is the opposite of honour and the Bible says we need not be ashamed. A believer may stumble into shame if he or she does not possess adequate revelation knowledge of the mind of God concerning the issues of life as laid down in His word. When you do not have a working knowledge and understanding of scriptures, you will not think in line with, and by the same token, will not act in line with it. This opens you up to needless shame. That is why the scripture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Proverbs 26:1 says, “… honour is not seemly for a fool. “
The opposite of foolishness is wisdom and the Bible says the Holy Scriptures is “able to make thee wise unto salvation.” When you lack adequate understanding of scriptures, you will fall in the ranks of fools and you automatically cut yourself out of the honour that comes from God because honour is not a commodity for fools. Hence, the scriptures says, “Study to shew thyself approved, a workman that needs not be ashamed but rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15.
CONTINUE IN WELL DOING
(Romans 2:6-7) “Who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life.”
You need to make up your mind that you will reap the rewards of honour but you must also realize that you need patience and continuity in doing those things that are noble and honourable. It won’t be long before your profiting begins to appear unto all.
(1 Timothy 4:15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
You will not lose your reward in Jesus’ Name!
For further Study
1Samuel 2:15, Galatians 6:9
Personal declaration for the day
Today, I will walk in honour and will not bring shame on God.
Questions for you to reflect on
- How does it feel to walk in honour in a compromising world?