Friday, December 21, 2012

Godly Honor

As we have looked at the stories of Zacharias, Elizabeth, John Baptist, Joseph, Mary and Jesus, I hope we have seen that God looks upon men far differently than men look on men, for God sees the heart. God has called a barren woman blessed, a poor virgin highly favored, a man living in the desert in wild clothing and eating insects, great in the eyes of the Lord. The Lord Jesus, Himself, was despised by men but the One in whom His Father was well pleased.
         We must learn to eschew the world’s favor and seek to please the Lord. Furthermore, we must favor those who belong to the Lord and refuse to favor those who are enemies of Christ. James 2:5-6 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
         So, brothers let us honor those whom the Lord honors and refuse to honor those that our worldly culture highly esteems.

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