2021-10-14
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Honor is a topic that is brought up frequently in the Bible. According to the Bible, Christians honor their mother and father and honor God most importantly. The Bible mentions that there are many ways that you can honor God in your everyday life. Romans 12:1 says that we should offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God to thank Him for His mercy. You can also honor God by watching what you eat or drink. God has done so much for us. He died on the cross for our sins and continues to bless us, even in the moments that we don’t deserve it. God loves us, regardless of the sins we’ve committed. If we live our lives right, He has prepared a place for us in Heaven, where we will be free of tears and pain. Because God has done so much for us and continues to do so much, honoring God in our lives every day is the least we can do to repay him. Even though we may never refund Him, honoring Him with everything we do is a good start. So how do we cultivate a lifestyle that keeps God first every day? Here are a few ideas to keep in mind.

Give Generously

Giving is a key to a lifestyle that honors God because He doesn’t want us to be stingy. God gives generously to us, so he wants us to give generously to others. 2 Corinthians 9:13 says that because of the service you’ve done, others will praise God because it, and He will commend you for your generosity. God doesn’t bless us for us to keep our blessings to ourselves. He blesses us so that we can share our gifts with those around us. Imagine if God was stingy with the benefits He gave us. If that were the case, many of us wouldn’t be where we are today. The Lord is a giver, so it’s suitable that He would want His people to be givers as well. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 says that those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly. Those who sow generously will reap generously. This scripture says that if you give sparingly, you will receive sparingly, but if you present well, you will receive generously. It also says that God loves a cheerful giver. When you do give to others, God wants you to do so with a positive attitude. So if you’re going to give, do so with a positive attitude, and God will be pleased.

Pray in Jesus Name

To pray in the name of Jesus is to honor the life that Jesus lived. At one point, believers offered animal sacrifices to God, but it turned out that they weren’t enough. To solve this issue, God sent His Son Jesus to Earth. While He lived on Earth, Jesus endured so much. Ultimately, His life on Earth led to His sacrifice for sins He didn’t even commit. By praying in the name of Jesus, not only are we honoring Jesus, but we are honoring God as well. God sent Jesus to Earth to do away with sin once and for all. 1 Peter 2:24 says that Jesus bore our sins on his body during his crucifixion so that His people can live to righteousness. His wounds have healed our sins. When we pray in Jesus’ name, not only do we honor Jesus, but we honor God as well. God sacrificed His Son for our sins because He loves us. He wants us to live the best lives possible. By offering his only Son, God wanted to ensure that we were without sin. By praying in Jesus’ name, we honor God because it means that we recognize the hard decision He made when offering his only Son, and it shows that we appreciate His decision.

Give Him Praise

Giving God praise is probably the easiest way that we can honor Him. Psalms 63:3 says that God’s love is better than life, and we should use our lips to glorify Him. We praise God because He is full of glory, wise, full of power, and many more reasons. He is the one who saves us, He keeps His promises, and He forgives us for our sins. Listing off all of God’s things can be difficult, but it brings us closer to Him and reminds us of who God is in our lives. The book of Psalms is filled with songs to praise God, but singing isn’t the only way to glorify God.  You can also dance to praise God. Praising God can be as simple as taking a short moment to say thank you. You can praise God in any way that makes you comfortable. Whichever way you give God praise, praising God honors Him because it shows that we are grateful. Imagine not telling God thank you for all that He has done for us. God has given us so much, so giving Him praise is the least we can do to honor Him. Honor God by giving Him glory, and He will continue to bless you. 

Have Faith

Faith is possibly an essential part of being a Christian. One of the most prominent examples of having faith is believing that God exists. You’ve never seen Him or touched Him, but you know that He is real. Faith may be the most challenging way to honor God, but it is possibly the most critical to glorify God. Hebrews 11:6 says that it is impossible to please God without faith because anyone who seeks Him must believe that He exists, and He rewards those who seek Him intently. Seeking God with intentions doesn’t mean you should only have faith because you might get something out of it, but God blesses the faithful. Luke 7:50 provides an example of what faith does. Jesus is talking to a sinful woman. She believed in Jesus Christ by faith, so Jesus told her that her faith saved her, and she could go in peace. Having faith can be quite hard. Some may even question how you can believe in something that you’ve never seen. However, having faith is a cornerstone of Christianity. Even though we’ve never seen God, we’ve seen what He has done for us, and that alone is enough for us to honor Him every day.

Love Genuinely

Loving God and others genuinely honor God because why would you love God or anyone else disingenuously? Romans 12:9 says that love must be sincere. You must hate what is evil and stick to what is good.

The scripture means that love must be honest, not only in your romantic or familial relationships but in your relationship with God. Mark 12:31 says that you must love your neighbors as yourself. Mark isn’t just talking about your neighbors who live next door, but anyone you contact. Luke 6:31 says that we must do unto others as we would have them do to us. This scripture may not speak about love directly, but it is still vital. Treating others the way you want to be treated is a way to honor God because it shows that we abide by His Word. Loving genuinely shows God that we keep Him because it shows that we are giving others our best. To love one another is to love other Christians as Jesus loves us. However, honoring God doesn’t mean that you only love other Christians. To praise God, you must love everyone as Jesus loves you. By loving a non-believer the way Jesus loves us, you may cause the non-believer to accept Christ.

There are many ways that you can honor God. However you choose to do so, you must ensure that you commit to glorifying God. You can’t praise Him halfway, but instead, honor Him with all your heart. God will bless you tenfold by doing so.

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