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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

John 5:21-23

"For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”

Words are terribly important! Aren’t you impressed by that profound statement? What I mean is that the meaning of words is critical for us to grasp the meaning of things. I was taught that by my major professor in graduate school, Dr. Joseph Maloof. He would never let me use a word without knowing what it meant. “What does it mean, young man? Never use it unless you know the meaning of it!”

It reminds me of the joke about a pompous man who thought more of himself than he should. He met a woman at the market who remarked; “Oh, Mr. Smith, you are so mature!” He rushed home and grabbed his dictionary to look up the deeper meaning of the word “mature” so he could savor it. To his dismay it said: “Mature: Ripe and getting rotten.”

Let me explain why I am taking this slant in today’s E-Votional. I have been distressed by the lack of respect that we observe in our modern society. It is a dog-eat-dog world and there is little kindness and gentleness shown to those around us.

When I went to the concordance to do a search on the word “respect” I was shocked to discover that it had more negative connotation than positive. It was more like the man who was looking to discover the meaning of "mature"---showing favoritism to gain favor (at best).

As it turns out, the word I was looking for was Honor. Jesus uses it in Matthew 15:3-4, as He references it as one of the Ten Commandments: “Jesus replied, 'And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ ”

Wow! That carries a wallop! It is certainly the first Commandment with promise: (“- - - that you may live long in the land the Lord is giving you.”) Here is the Bible dictionary meaning for honor:

1) to estimate, fix the value for the value of something belonging to one's self.

2) to honor, to have in honor, to revere, venerate.

Honor is not a choice---it is a command! Honor is our choice to see value and worth in others, and then act in a manner that is consistent with showing worth. We have all too often chosen to honor the wrong things: money, promotion, possessions, education, houses, cars, clothes, status, etc., basically things that will pass away.

There is a need to show honor to our parents and grandparents, to the elderly, even to those who are prone to, slip through the cracks, as it were. Last week I met a family who had a developmentally disabled daughter in her twenties. She had just been secured in the back seat of their car before they drove off. I smiled at her and received no response. I then said, “Give me five” and held my palm up for her to strike it with hers. The smile appeared. Her mother was beaming as I turned around. “She likes to give fives!’

The honor I had chosen to give to this child of God was returned to me tenfold---by the smile from one who could only give a smile in return.

I want you to know that I honor and cherish each of you readers. I will never meet most of you in this world, but eagerly look forward to giving you a “high five” when we meet in that land where there will be no sorrow or pain.

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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