Creating a culture of honor

Pastor Dwain Uncategorized

Honor is an attribute of God’s love for people.

Honor is a powerful way to flesh out LOVE

Perfect LOVE drives out fear.

What is perfect LOVE?

HOW do we measure it?

HONOR is one of the ways we measure LOVE

When we treat people as common and we don’t recognize them as special, we are treating them without discretion.

When we treat people as common and we don’t look for the special in them, we are treating them without discretion.

When we judge people according to the exterior we are dishonoring them and dishonoring their maker.

We can’t live like the rest of men.

When we treat people as Walmart shoppers, common, ordinary, equal or less value than ourselves, we miss the gold, the treasure God has hidden in them and ordained for them to wear.

There are Esthers hidden in each person.

They simply need the precious oil applied to them for a season to bring the beauty out.

People don’t have to appear worthy for us to honor them.

It’s enough that they are made in God’s image and likeness.

If we dis-honor or fail to honor someone on the basis of their appearance, we have become wiser than God.

 

HUMILITY: In the process of living as Jesus has told us to live we are dis-honor or humble  ourselves.

Humility is maybe best understood as Honoring others above one’s self.

Whatever level of honor you feel you deserve.

Whatever level of stature you feel you have obtained.  Give others a more honor than feel you yourself deserve.

Don’t be offended when others don’t give Honor to you, don’t defer to you, don’t make room for you.  You let the Lord establish – exalt you.

Humility is being gracious when HONORED

 

Matthew 23:11  The greatest among you will be your servant.12  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

Mark 12:38  As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces,39  and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.40  They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”

 

Luke 14: 7  When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:8  “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  9  If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  10  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests.  11  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  12  Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  13  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  14  and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

 

Romans 10: 10  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

 

Romans 12: 9  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.11  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13  Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.15  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.19  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.