Friday, 9 April 2010


Keep it in Perspective
Don’t lose sight of Honour.

Render to all men their dues... respect to whom respect is due, and honour to whom honour is due” (Romans 13:7)

The concept of honour in modern western and secular society has declined a lot in recent times. But concepts of honour do still exist and vary widely between cultures; in fact each culture or society has their own code of honour, including those notorious “honour-killings” of certain cultures of whose families have felt that their honour has been "defiled” in some way.
Less severely of course, for most cultures and countries the term honour can simply refer to dignity, office and reputation, even fame or position that has been earned rewarded with certain honours of State, such as ceremony, title or decoration; particularly military or political honours. Still, more typically are civilian awards or honours such as the British OBE or knighthood or alternatively membership of the French Légion d'honneur!

Then of course honour can mean specific things for different genders or people groups, for example, both typically and historically honour for a woman has meant chastity, sexual purity/virginity (in the case of married women, "fidelity.”) Historically in ancient Japan, honour was always seen as almost a duty by Samurai. When one lost their honour, the only possible way to retrieve it was by death! So honour can be a relative term with a wide variety of concepts behind it, depending on collective cultures, ethics and beliefs.

However better related to this segment, is the honour that relates to character and behaviour as a believer in Christ! Latin for honour is simply “honor, or honoris.” Different meanings include: trustworthiness, character, honesty, respect, worth and stature; fairness and integrity of action; sincerity, possessing high moral principles and the absence of deceit or fraud.
Honour in a regular dictionary also includes; worship (to the Supreme Being), nobility of soul, magnanimity, virtuous conduct and personal integrity, honour in relationship, reputation, respect and moral or ethical excellence.

However when we look into the scriptures, honour is given very specific terms in both Greek and Hebrew such as: “heavy or weighty; splendour and glory.” It means “to value or to highly esteem (of the highest degree), to revere, to prize; precious and dignity itself;” integrity, credibility and even elegance. But to be ‘without honour’ is to be ‘despised.’

So it’s easy to see that from a variety of sources, in both secular and scriptural sources, honour can have a manifold set of meanings. But I prefer the basic scriptural meanings. Especially that which denotes weight! You know when someone is called to preach and when they are not! They bring a weight into the room with them. Their words carry weight and the atmosphere is usually heavy with the anointing! Whereas, when there is no weight behind what someone says it usually denotes that they are not anointed for that job or don’t have the authority for it. Rather they have assumed it! This is the difference between being “called or appointed!” (Remember that many are called but few are chosen!)

I see people today who are preaching when they should be singing and vice versa. Folk have prophesied over them and they have launched out into preaching ministries when they should stick to what they do best. The “weight” is behind their singing rather than their preaching because that’s what they are anointed for!

(Let me add, there is room for singers-turned-preachers of course. But it must be God ordained and not humanly manufactured). “Preaching” is simply not the same as “entertainment” and it does not have the same crowd-pleasing effect! In fact the two are worlds apart; especially when someone tries to run with an apostolic ‘office’ when no one has qualified them for such. They call themselves apostles because they travel and share insights... When only last year they were singing! (It’s comical or should I say commercial?) Anyway, there is no weight behind it...

Even my dentist has “weight.” He is authorised (been given authority) to touch my teeth. No one else thank you! Especially no one fresh out of college, without his years of experience! I suppose a good scripture that would best fit here would be Romans 13:7 “Render to all men their dues... respect to whom respect is due, and honour to whom honour is due.”

Honour here means: to esteem “especially in the highest degree” (Strong’s Grk. 5099) and dignity. Scripture also tells us to “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee...” (Deut 5:16; Ex 20:12 KJV).

The collective meanings of the Hebrew word used here for honour include: “promote, glorify and to make a weighty and heavy boast!” And the same meaning is used in 1 Sam 2:30, “...for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (KJV). Again the same Hebrew word for honour is used also in Prov 3:7-9 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” which also denotes, “to be rich!”

But in Ephesians 6:1-3 it says, “... obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” And this means, “to prize, to value and to revere.” And your parents “in the Lord” are those very people who are in authority over you and must give an account for you. God provided such for you; you don’t have an orphan spirit remember!

Only those who want to be orphaned are those who don’t want to accept the role of or to honour their spiritual parents. However to balance everything, let me say this... we must know how to give honour and how to receive it, even who to give it to and who to receive it from. A good indication is given in the very words of Christ in John 5:41-44 (KJV) “I receive not honour from men... How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only.” If we give honour to whom honour is due, (those legitimately placed over us by the Lord), and look to receive honour from God not from others... then we won’t go far wrong!

But in a world where we want to explain everything in terms of psychology and throw scripture out the window when it pleases us... we find that even preachers will rant over those selective scriptures that seem to benefit them the most... simple proof of that, is the fact that you hardly ever hear endless ranting over “honouring spiritual parents in the Lord!”

That’s because everyone wants to free-style-it in the kingdom; to go it alone. Everyone wants to receive honour from men but not many want to give it. But if we are wise enough to discern many other things... then let us not lose use of our discerner when it comes to who to “honour” and who not to. Consider this... if you have no one to honour as spiritual parents... then it stands to reason that you must have orphaned yourself and become a spiritual bastard.

Don’t forget to honour today and to give honour where it is due and not just where it will benefit you in the temporal. And when you honour your parents IN THE LORD remember that you are doing it unto the Lord more than you do it unto men. Keep it in perspective and don’t lose sight of honour.

BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 AMP).

Father we live in a time where honour is fast going out of fashion. Its basic meanings have changed and no one is any longer willing to honour for honouring sake. They honour only when it brings benefits to themselves. Help me to live honourably and to honour those who you have placed in my life for special purposes. Let me not lose sight of the true meaning of honour, as laid out in your Word. Amen.

Today I declare that honour and the ability to honour has not left me. I am not conformed to this world. I react differently to those around me. The political will of the day and the social trends of this era have not changed your Word one iota. I live to please you and therefore chose to honour those you have placed in my life. I will render honour and respect where it’s due; as an act of my faith. Any by faith and honourable behaviour, I will bring glory to your name.


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