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Living the Honorable Life

It’s one of obedience to God.

One hundred years ago, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month the Allies of World War 1 and Germany signed an agreement (Armistice) to cease all hostilities.

Today, that agreement is commemorated as Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day. The enduring symbol—a red poppy, represents the sacrifice of all who serve in the armed forces, past and present, and the honor bestowed on them.

Not surprisingly, in most countries the highest military award relates to honor. According to the United States army, “this award goes to soldiers who make honor a matter of daily living…and solidify that habit with every value choice they make.”

Psalms 15: 2-5 describes an honorable person as “the one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Honor is therefore a way of life. Honor is one of seven CHAYIL Pillars that mirror the intentional growth of Jesus. The others are Worship, Wisdom, Power, Favor, Wealth and Influence.

Walking in obedience

As a Biblical principle, you cannot live an honorable life without first honoring God. You honor God through your reverence, obedience and fear of displeasing Him. He tells us in 1 Samuel 2:30, “Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”

When you’re walking in obedience to God it means that your actions such as blessing those who curse you, may be incomprehensible to the average person. It’s through these actions that lives can be transformed.

While on earth, Jesus grew in honor, was the epitome of obedience to God and transformed many lives. In return, God honored Him (John 8:54) and so did the people (Matthew 21:9).

Growing in honor for us includes growing in respect, esteem, integrity, honesty, loyalty trustworthiness, worth, value and distinction. Like a well-trained soldier in the army, these attributes can become second nature to us, but only if we choose to walk in honor before God and trust in His promises.

Live an honorable life in Christ so that when you leave this earth, you’ll do so with an honorable discharge.

How are you honoring God? Join a CHAYIL Power Group to share your story and/or learn how to live a more honorable life.