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Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

I can fake honor and so can you. We do it all the time. It is as simple as opening the door for somebody while inside being angry with him, or pretending to be nice to an acquaintance while having no interest in her and her needs. It is giving a compliment to another and then turning around and talking about the person in a negative way to somebody else. Truly, we are masters at faking external honor. So often, we are like the young boy in grammar school who was punished by the teacher and told to sit in the corner of the classroom. The whole time he was sitting there, he was saying to himself, "I may be sitting on the outside but I am standing on the inside." He was obedient (an action), but he was not honoring the teacher (an attitude).

Philippians 2:3 says "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Considering others better than yourself is, first and foremost, an attitude, not an action. Right actions will follow from right attitudes, but not the other way around. The attitude of honor is recognizing God's gifts in another, even if they are well hidden. It is gazing upon their God-given glory and only glancing at their weaknesses and shortcomings, while providing a safe place for their giftedness and glory to expand and be expressed.

I have been severely tested in my ability to truly honor others this year. For example, our company recently faced a case of embezzlement and a lawsuit. It would be normal to hold a grudge against those who I believe have wronged us, but it would come at a high cost as it would negatively impact my relationship with God and with others. My challenge has been to come in the opposite spirit and pray on a regular basis for the individuals involved, to only speak well about them to others, and to encourage others to do the same. This leaves room for God to intervene in their lives and allows me to walk in peace through the storms. Allowing God to do His work while I sleep well at night is a much better way to live!

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