Growing up as a young man, I was often taught by my father and my grandfather that your word was your bond. In fact, even my Italian great grandfather whom I knew and loved, valued his word so much that his friend gave him a piece of land right next door if only my Pa Pa Tony would promise to build a house and live there. Because my great grandfather honored his word and fulfilled his promise, he was blessed by his friend with a piece of property free and clear. As John Bevere teaches in his book, Honor’s Reward, there is an honor principle in the kingdom of God which I believe was foundational in my great grandfather’s life and character.
The Webster dictionary defines honor in the verb tense as: “to hold in respect and admiration; to prize.” This means that when we honor our word, we hold it in high esteem, prizing what we say and the promises that we make. In Psalm 15:1 of the New International Version, David asks the Lord, “Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary?” The Lord responds in 15:4, “He who keeps his oath, even when it hurts.” God says that those who keep their word, even when it hurts, are invited by the Lord to dwell and sup with Him in His holy presence. Personally, I don’t believe there is any greater honor’s reward or blessing in life than to be able to dwell in the presence of the Lord and to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Furthermore, I thank God that He honors His own Word so much that He promises to never break it or take back a single word He has said. In Psalm 89:34 of the New Living Translation, God states, “No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.” This means that we can trust God to keep His Word no matter what. Even if other people don’t believe that God’s Word is true, it doesn’t make any difference. The apostle Paul states in Romans 3:3-4, “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.”
Without doubt, I know that we can trust God to honor His Word – every part of it; not only because He said He would, but because He has also been faithful to keep His promises in my own life. Like the apostle Paul states in 2 Timothy 1:12, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” This means that we can totally trust God with everything we commit to Him – our life, our family, our health, our relationships, our finances – everything, because He will keep His Word. Plus, with God’s faithfulness to honor His Word, we too can be faithful by His Spirit to honor our word. Therefore, with a spirit of faith and commitment, let us honor the Lord as well as others by the words we speak and the promises we keep!
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Written by Gary J. Borgstede
President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute - Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ® www.makeithappenbooks.com
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What a great article. Very reader friendly, and what an excellent message. I'm so glad your first article here has to do with the honor principle. Integrity is such an important thing, and I love the fact that you are making that one of the first steps to "making it happen."