In a very perverse generation of ours where we are quickly putting away a lot of principles which have so many implications on our lives, it’s very important for us not to let go of such principles which almost nonexistent in many facets of life – Honour.
Honor – to hold in respect; esteem
Honor in Hebrew (kabowd) – dignity, reverence, glory
Honor in Greek (timaō and timē) – to estimate, fix the value, for the value of something belonging to one’s self,a valuing by which the price is fixed
Honour has been eroded from our society in such a way that a teenager easily makes fun of people in very high authority or office when they err in their speech or unconsciously caught dozing off in a public gathering. These may be a no no for leaders to be caught doing but we can not jump straight into conclusion as to why they occur.
The principle of honour is so key, it appears in a great way in the very first book of the Bible- Genesis 9.
It talks about Noah and his sons after the floods.
In verses 20 to 29, we see Noah getting drank with wine and laying naked within his tent. Ham, one of his sons beheld his father’s nakedness and found it convenient telling his other brothers about it. Not that he could do nothing about it, but he saw it cool spreading the news of his father’s mishap. He found it a nice idea dishonouring his own father.
His elder and younger brothers (Shem and Japheth) decided not to behave like their own. They decided not to follow what everyone was doing but to stand out in honour.
‘And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father. And their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.’
Will sons and daughters in this generation attempt to shield their parents, their leaders, their pastors who have fed and nurtured them when an issue that’s likely to put their names in disrepute emerges? Or they will join in spiting and ‘crucifying’ them?
Will we rise to defend people who have spiritual authority over using their time of persecution or we will stand aloof?
Back to the Scripture. When Noah awoke from his hangover and knew what Ham had done, he cursed his seed, Canaan and blessed Shem and Japheth.
The fact that you may go scot free after dishonouring someone does not mean your children are going to have same immunity.
Dishonour has a way of attracting evil to the generation after us so we must sure to be far from it.
Dishonour also shuts certain doors of favour and miracles set for our lives. In Matthew 17:53-58, it’s seen that Christ was unable to perform miracles of their unbelief and dishonour.
Often times we become so familiar with people that we are unable to tap into the grace upon their lives. An example is where a pastor who is about to preach is known to be a stammerer or is perceived to be boring. So before he even starts his sermon, we shut our minds and heart to the Word God has for us and most often look out for errors in his speech. We dishonour him and thus shut the door of God’s blessing upon our life through his sermon.
Lastly, let’s not honour the world at the expense of Christ and people he has put over us. Let’s stand for honour. Let’s begin to honour God in our own small ways everyday and see the changes and miracles that will come our way.
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