Part 5 – The Importance of Honour
Wisdom is the most important commodity in a person’s life. The Book of Proverbs starts with how we keep relationships with people. It talks about the relationship of a child with their mother and father, but the principle works for any relationship. Again and again Proverbs teaches about the fool.
The fool is someone who despises. To despise means to be in contempt of, to scorn, to disdain, and to be make someone unworthy of honour. One relational principle that can change our life is the principle of honour. In Chapter 31 of the Book of Proverbs, the last verse deals with a women of noble character. “Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise” (Prov. 31:31). We want New Life to have this culture of honour, yet honour is a quality that is quickly disappearing from our society. In the name of Jesus, it needs to come back!
Honour is value, work, and weight. When we give someone honour, we are placing value on them. Dishonour means to take lightly. Dishonouring someone means we have not given them the value they have and deserve. Honour does not begin with how we see people.
Principles of Honour
1) It begins with God’s claim on people
It’s crucial that we understand this, not only for the sake of others, but also ourself. God can see us in our complete depravity and see us in perfect dignity at the same time. God can see everything we have done, and still see who we can be. God sees all the mistakes that we’ve made, and still see the potential in us.
We are so fortunate that we serve a God who doesn’t see us as we are, but also sees who we can become. We all know what we’ve done, but that is not who we are! God has a good plan and destiny for each one of us. God chooses to see us now glorified through the precious blood of His Son Jesus. See Romans 8:30.
Everyone who believes in Jesus has been predestined to be like Him. God already sees us being made perfect. If He sees people that way, then so should we!
2) It benefits us, too
Honour has more of an effect on us, than it has on them. In Mark 6, the people in Jesus’ home town only saw Him as average—preventing His miracles. They didn’t honour Jesus for who He was. The way we see people determines what we get from them.
3) Respect is earned, but honour is given
Some people may not deserve your honour, but you should give it to them anyway. See 1 Peter 2:13-17. Honour needs to come back to our culture. Here are 3 ways you can honour others:
We honour when we:
1) Prioritize them
We honour God, our spouse, our children, our friends, etc. It is obvious that the Number One in our lives should be God! Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” This verse isn’t just about money, but also talent, treasure, and time.
2) Praise them
Honour has a language. Lift people up, not just when they’re around you, but at all times. God sees value in everyone and takes it personally when you attack one of His children. We are called to bless, not to curse. Honour has language, and the best way to honour is to speak well about someone. Let’s honour people with our mouth.
3) Protect them
Whatever you value, you protect. As a pastor, I feel this way about you, my congregation. We must learn to protect the honour of the name of Jesus. When people swear or curse the name of Jesus, stand up and kindly let them know they’re offending the Person you love and serve.
“Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honour the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies” (Jn. 7:18). I want to be a person of truth. I work for the honour of the one that I serve. Every time we honour, something happens inside our heart.
This week, put this message into action. We are going to show honour in every area we possibly can.
A little bit of wisdom #5: The more I value something, the more I get value from it.
The more I value my job, the more value I get from my job.
The more I value my church, the more value I get from my church.
The more I value God, the more value I get from Him.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on July 7, 2019 at New Life Christian Church