From the Amplified Bible comes the Verse of the Day for July 21, 2016
I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.
Here is the verse in the Good News Testament:
I have chosen to be obedient; I have paid attention to your judgments.
In addition to looking at the Verse of the Day, today’s post also examines the concept “It’s all about relationships,” the theme from a conference attended three years that related seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.” These principles that can be universally applied in achieving and maintaining successful relationships, but they can also be specifically applied in an area of race relations, a critically important area in America today.
These seven principles are related to verbs that connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another,” a phrase that is used 31 times in the Scriptures. The reciprocal pronoun used in the plural carries the notion of a group of people acting upon themselves, i.e., upon one another. For example, we are to “love another and so forth. . .”
7) Make peace
Earlier this week a blog post discussed the first of the seven principles, “Love one another,” and today we will talk about the second:
Honor one another
The idea of honor is a very important concept in the Word of God where to honor means to respect, to esteem, to have high regard for, and to reward. It also translated to place value on, respect, to place esteem upon, to esteem; to prefer—to go before, to lead, to be intentional.
Apostle John Testola notes that “Honor produces an exchange,” in that when we give honor, we receive honor in return. This is essentially the principle of giving and receiving. Of course, we always receive in greater measure than we give. Luke 6:38 reveals this universal principle:
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Although this verse is often used in terms of the financial resources that we give, it has wider implications which would include the giving and receiving of honor. We are encouraged to give honor to whom honor is due.
Just as honor generates honor in greater measure, so likewise is the converse true. As Apostle Testola also mentioned, “Dishonor produces an exchange,” in that “a lack of honor produces a curse.” He explained that “God releases based on the bridge of honor that has been built.”
Another principle taught by Dr.Tetsola related to the statement: “Honor is about value.” The Apostle went on to explain that to “value is to hold in high esteem in your sight.” He said, “What you don’t value, you don’t honor. . . You never sow into anyone’s life you don’t value.” Honor, he explained, is a genuine expression of the heart. You cannot offer what is not in your heart to give.
Apostle Tetsola elaborated upon the principles discussed by stating that associated with honor is the “process of welcoming the person you honor in your heart, whereby you celebrate their anointing and receive the individual with gladness.” He calls this the “process of acceptance.” Certainly these principles could be applied in the area of interracial relationships whereby each party would honor the other, just as we are reminded in Romans 12:10:
The Holman Christian Standard Bible puts it this way:
Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.
This video clip reiterates the message:
Finally, from the Book of Proverbs comes these words of wisdom regarding honor:
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom and before honor is humility.
The title of the following is taken from the closing phrase of this verse.
Before Honor is Humility
“Our honor activates the honor
that is in the heart of God.”
Apostle John Tetsola
“Before honor is humility,” says the Lord.
We honor each other according to the Word,
Not withholding honor to whom honor is due.
We follow these precepts, for the Word of God is true,
Giving life, sharper than any two-edged sword.
We honor one another and walk in one accord.
Where honor abounds God’s favor shall be restored.
When you give honor, honor is given to you.
“Before honor is humility.”
The power of this precept cannot be ignored.
All those who bestow honor have great reward.
We must give honor in all that we say and do,
Pressing toward the mark for the prize, we continue
Striving for the perfection we all are moving toward:
“Before honor is humility.”
We summarize the second principle of building and sustaining relationships in the area of race relations:
To place value on, respect and hold in high esteem:
Giving preference, we take the lead–we are intentional;
With genuine affection we honor one another.
In closing, listen to “For the honor” by Elevation Worship