“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
As a child I took this verse seriously. I wanted it to be well with me. I tried my best to honor my parents.
Honor is about respect. I think learning obedience is the first step toward becoming a person who is worthy of honor.
Honor is also about self-respect. As a young teen I recall reading a book a friend had loaned me alone in my bedroom. As I read I imagined my mother coming in the room and asking me what the book was about. I had never before read a book that had such passionate sex scenes and my cheeks warmed with embarrassment at the thought of being discovered.
My friend had many other such books but I refused to borrow them. Not only did I not want my mind consumed with the content of the book, but I did not want to feel embarrassed to be asked about what I was reading.
I could probably have kept reading my books in secret, but I chose a life of transparency. Someone has written, “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”
If you have something in your life that you are ashamed to admit to, please consider that Jesus offers you forgiveness and a new, abundant life of joy and peace, free from shame.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8.
Prayer–Heavenly Father, continue to instruct us in those things that are true, honorable, just and pure. May our lives bring glory to your name each day. Amen.
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