It is my conviction that the principle of honour has a hugely significant impact on the way that life flows, or does not flow as the case may be, through the relationships we have with people around us in our day-to-day lives.
Accurately acknowledging who people are will position us to give them what they deserve and to receive the gift of who they are in our lives.
This principle of honour was my topic when I preached in December 2011 at Beachway. I start my sermon watching a clip from the movie Braveheart, where William Wallace delivers a moving speech before he leads his countrymen into a battle against the English:
During my preach, I relate this story from the movie Braveheart, as well as a scene from the Jewish town of Nazareth where Jesus announces the start of his public ministry.
I also offer four personal perspectives on honour:
- Our heart attitude
When our heart attitude is positioned to honour, we set up our lives to receive.
- Our actions (the way we deal with our relationships)
When our actions are motivated out of honour, we establish and promote life-giving relationships.
- Public acknowledgement
When we intentionally acknowledge the Holy Spirit gifts in the people around us in the church, we set up our life to grow strong in the church. Similarly, when we humbly and intentionally acknowledge the Holy Spirit gifts in our own life, we position ourselves to build into the lives of those around us in the church.
- Honouring Holy Spirit
When we honour the work of Holy Spirit in our lives, we invite His continued work, and His increase, in our lives.
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