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*Read Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:1-6
PRICELESS GIFT #1- HONOR
without honor: atimos (at'-ee-mos); to dishonor; to treat as common or ordinary.
honor: time (tim-may’); to value, respect, or highly esteem; to treat as precious, weighty or valuable.
• RESPECT IS EARNED. HONOR IS GIVEN.
The Bible is a book about honoring God & His instruction. The 10 commandments teach us how to honor. The first 4 are a warning about dishonoring God & the next 6 warn us about dishonoring others. The law of honor flourishes in every season & in every environment. Honor is the willingness to reward someone for their difference. It is not flattery. HONOR QUALIFIES YOU TO ENTER ANY FUTURE THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU! Honor bring power to your life & to the lives of others. (see Mark 6:4-6)
WHO ARE WE CALLED TO HONOR?
• OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
THIS IS THE UNDERLYING REASON THAT OUR CULTURE IS DISHONORING.
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…” Isaiah 29:13 (see also Psalm 22:23)
• OUR PARENTS, SPOUSE, GRANDPARENTS, ELDERLY.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 (see also Ephesians 6:2-3)
“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together... Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
“Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:32 (see also 1 Timothy 5:3-4)
• THOSE IN AUTHORITY.
“Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe…respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:7
(*see also 1 Timothy 5:17)
• EVERYONE YOU CAN.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
PRICELESS GIFT #2- LOYALTY
loyalty: aman (aw-man'); to wholly trust or believe in, to be permanent, unwaveringly faithful.
What does the Bible have to say about loyalty and being loyal?
Loyalty is unwavering in good times and bad. (Proverbs 17:17)
Loyalty is what you do, not what you say. (Matthew 26:33-35 and 26:69-75)
Loyalty is in your heart. It is willing and not reluctant. (Psalm 78:8)
Loyalty can be demanding. (Exodus 17:8-13)
Loyalty may involve sacrifice. (2 Chronicles 11:13-16)
LOYALTY IS PROVEN IN ACTIONS, NOT SIMPLY WORDS.
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? Proverbs 20:6 NLT
• DISLOYALTY IS BORN OUT OF A DIVIDED HEART.
“The man of many friends [a friend of all the world] will prove himself a bad friend...” Proverbs 18:24 (see also James 4:8-9)
• TO YOUR SPOUSE.
"Didn't the Lord make you one with your wife… So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth... do not be unfaithful to your wife." Malachi 2:15-16 NLT
• TO YOUR FRIENDS.
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. Proverbs 17:17
• TO CHRIST’S CHURCH.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… Acts 2:42, 44-46
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GIVE THESES GIFTS?
“Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you." Luke 6:38
“You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7