Love Does Not Dishonor Others

First of all, honour is showing esteem for one deserving of respect, attention, or obedience. Another word for honour is to glorify. The most important level of honour is for God, and Him alone. In the Bible, it says to honour God is to respect and fear Him. To honour God is to honour others, for example, your parents, elders, and authorities. How often have you opened your mouth, then regretted it later?

For me, I still remember conversations I’ve had with others from ages ago and regret how I replied to them. Then thinking in the shower or at night in my bed about what comeback I should’ve said or shouldn’t have said. But the fact is by doing this we are hurting others and even more, we are dishonouring God. We can dishonour God in many ways, maybe even in ways you don’t realize because it was a small thing or it didn’t relate to dishonouring Him. But it does. Some examples of dishonour are lying, gossiping, holding grudges and complaining.

People make excuses for lying. Don’t lie. I do it too. some might say; it’s just a tiny, white lie. It’s not gonna affect anything. Others might say I’m still telling the truth, just not the whole truth. These examples are to justify something, to make it sound like you’re not doing anything wrong. But if you’re not doing anything wrong then why are you lying. One of the ten commandments is “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour”.

Gossiping happens everywhere. 99.99% of humans do this. To not gossip is hard because everywhere you go there’s always gonna be “tea”. But Ryan manages, so you can ask him :D. Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” And Proverbs 16:28 says “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” In the Bible, we are told not to, meaning this would be a form of dishonouring God.

Someone once told me to stop holding grudges against people, That person probably doesn’t remember telling me this anymore, but I still do and that’s all that matters. And now I don’t have a grudge against the person I was telling the other person about. Holding grudges is bad, we all know that. It’s bad for us to always keep bad memories in our heads. it’s taking up space for good ones. It’s unhealthy for us. And it’s another form of dishonouring God.

Last but not least, there’s complaining. Philippians 2:14-15 says “Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure” For Example, Israelites complained about the manna in Exodus. and connecting back to us, who haven’t complained about their prayers not being answered.

We have all done things to dishonour God, even if we realize it or not. So I hope everyone remembers Psalm 141:3 when they are praying. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Everyone must’ve heard of this at some point, think before you speak. Put a filter in your head and think about what you’re going to say. imagine what someone says to you and how it would make you feel.


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