Honor brings life; therefore we cultivate high levels of respect in all relationships and speak with respect, even if we are in disagreement.
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:12-19 (Also Deuteronomy 26:18-19; Ephesians 6:2-3;1 Peter 3:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 5:1-3, 17-19; and 6:1-2)
There is a value that is absolutely essential to living “in sync” with the Kingdom of God; it is the value of HONOR. Honor means to treasure; give weighty consideration, esteem as valuable; as special. This honor is to flow both vertically (between us and God) and horizontally (between us and man). This honor is rightfully due to God (Father, Son and Spirit) who is preeminent over all the universe. But God made man in his image, the very crown of His creation, and gave him His honor.
We should motivate people through vision, a revelation of God, and the power of God; rather than by guilt, law or condemnation.
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-10 (Also Proverbs 29:18; Matthew 4:23-25; John 14:8-12)
If you were the pastor, what would say to a church whose members were arguing among themselves; dividing from each other based on preferred preachers; gloating over their open-mindedness toward incest within the church; getting drunk at communion; putting each other down either because they had or didn’t have certain spiritual gifts; and many other perplexing issues? Would you be prone to expose, condemn and shame them? Do you know what their pastor did? Paul began his letter to the Corinthian Christians calling them “the church… saints in God;” blessing them with “grace and peace” and “thanking God for them;” reminding them how “enriched they are with every spiritual gift” in Christ Jesus; and telling them that
The power of life and death is in the words that we speak over ourselves, other people, and every other aspect of our lives.
Scripture Reading: James 3:1-12 (Also Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:35-37; Ephesians 4:29-32; Numbers 3:23-27)
If we truly believed what the Bible teaches about the power of our words, it would radically change how we speak and what we talk about. Think about it, the world was not created by any action of the hands, but by God’s spoken word (Genesis 1). At Babel, God declared that with man unified in purpose and tongue “nothing would be impossible for them,” so His method of stopping what would have been unstoppable was confounding their tongues– confusing their words (Genesis 11). God gave Aaron a blessing to pronounce over Israel (Numbers 6:23-27), and they