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The importance of honour

The importance of honour 

by Toyosi Adegunle

Hey, fam! I hope you are well and in good health, give me 10 minutes of your time, let's talk about honour.

Merriam Webster dictionary defines honour as respect that is given to someone who is admired. 

1 Peter 2:17a says to "honour all people". 

The emphasis here is on ALL. Simply put, as a believer, it is very necessary for you to learn how to honour everyone - fellow believers and church leaders, both young and old, friends or not, acquaintances or not.

I attended a campus fellowship where honour is a big deal. We had student pastors, student executives who led several departments, and sometimes, the departmental coordinator(s) may be younger in age, and level at school and this is why it was mostly hard for some people to submit and still honour them. In a situation where your student pastor is way younger than you are and is probably in 300 level and you're about to graduate, or your fellow church department team member who is younger than you is leading a project, would you still honour them with a pure heart?

Honour is not a question of age or experience, it is:

The posture of the heart. If your heart has not received the grace to honour all men, then it may be hard for you to honour people. Jesus, while on earth honoured all men - his disciples, unbelievers, government officials, the young, the old, name them. 

Romans 12:1(NIV)  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

The right thing to do: The word and spirit of God are perfect and whole - it builds you spiritually and also character-wise. It is only right and spiritual of you to honour everyone - including your friends regardless of how close and witty you both may be. Why? Because we are all one in Christ. Honour the body of Christ in any capacity you find yourself. 

Pleasurable: God sees honour as a pleasurable attribute and it pleases God when you obey him and do the right thing always. A believer without honour for the people they can see and touch may not or never be able to honour God that they can't physically see and touch. 

The Bible speaks of another noteworthy group of people who are deserving of “double honour,” the leadership of the church. The idea of honouring your Leaders, regardless of how close you both are or how friendly they are, comes from the simple and clear fact that they represent God’s ultimate authority over you. It is pertinent for you as a believer to honour those God has placed over you through your obedience, submission, reverence, and respect. 

To do otherwise is to dishonour God and the body of Christ. 

Romans 13:1‭-‬2 (NKJV)  "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves."

"See finish" is not allowed or permitted. Your Pastor's friendliness towards you should never result in disrespect or dishonour at any point in time. 

The Bible also tells us to honour one another in our employer/employee relationships, friendships, as well as in the marriage relationship with the husband and wife being in submission to and honouring one another (Ephesians 5:23). Of all the commands to honour one another, the most oft-repeated is that of honouring one’s father and mother (Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4). This was so important to God that if anyone cursed or struck his parents, he was to be put to death in the old testament (Exodus 21:17).

How do you treat your parents, spouse, friends? Do you disrespect them on social media by tweeting or posting ridiculous things about them? Do you think it's okay to use rude and insensitive words for your friends just because they are your friends? Do you talk about Pastors generally in ridiculous manners online and offline? 

If yes, God is not angry with you but he expects more of you. Please, turn a new leaf and embrace the idea of honouring people with your words and actions. Sometimes, it goes against your natural instinct, but being deep in humility by the Spirit of God is the only way to esteem and honour people even more than yourself. 

Honour as taught in the Scriptures is far different from the type of honour sought after by the world. Honour and awards are heaped upon those with wealth, political and online clout, worldly power, and celebrity status. There is a tendency for you as a human to want to only honour people with noticeable wealth and status online or in reality. Don't be the person that chooses who to honour and who to dishonour based on material things. Honour all men equally. 

Most importantly, honour God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through acknowledgment and confession that He is the one and only God, and the recognition that the gift of eternal life and salvation comes through Jesus Christ and him alone. Knowing this, you would be enabled to honour God and honour all men accordingly. 

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