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This month we continue to reflect on Jonathan in our continuing series of demands covenant lifestyles.
In the previous weeks we have looked at the covenant demands of love and loyalty as should characterize our lives as covenant keeping people of God.

This week we look at the demand of HONOUR in covenant keeping and lifestyle. HONOUR means high respect; great also practically means the quality of knowing and doing what is morally right.

Scriptures are very clear that honour is a very core virtue of godly people in their relationship with God ,spiritual leaders and interpersonal relationships amongst themselves such as marriage and mutual associations. It is the right and moral thing to honour those to whom honour is due. Scripture states that “..Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due.”-Romans 13.7
Jonathan exemplified his honour of David despite their very different social-status because it was an inner demand of his covenant relationship with him. Jonathan is a prince and rightful heir to the throne, but he recognizes that God values David. In giving David his due honour in recognition of God's decision to make David king, he returned his robe, armor, sword, bow and belt (1 Samuel 18:4; 23:16-17).

From this explicit demonstration of honour to David, Jonathan manifested the three core principles of honour that  we too should embrace and express in our relationships.
  1. Your Word: The ability to keep one’s word is a hallmark of one’s covenant consciousness and commitment to the relationship. One is as good as his word. Jonathan kept his word(1 Samuel 20).
  2. Your Thoughts: The attitude we have toward the people we are in relationships with especially covenant dictates that we honour them. For instance the attitude that a husband has towards his wife will reflect in his honouring her or otherwise. Jonathan thought very highly of David when he gave him the very symbols of honour that a prince should have(1 Samuel 18.4)
  3. Your Actions: Your actions or your conduct in situations and circumstances involving those you are in relationship with will demonstrate your honour or lack of it. God demands honour from his covenant people not only in their words and thoughts (faith) of honour but in actual acts that correspond with their claim of honour.(1 Samuel 18.4,23.16.17)
In Malachi 1.6-8 He stated: 
A son honours his father, and servants their master. If then I am a father, where is the honour due me? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. You say, “How have we despised your name?”

By offering polluted food on my altar. And you say, “How have we polluted it?” By thinking that the LORD'S table may be despised.
When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting that to your governor; will he be pleased with you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.

Beloved, this year as we embrace the grace to be ROOTED,BUILT UP and ESTABLISHED IN CHRIST let us endeavor to be a covenant keeping people of honour to those whom honour is due in all levels of our relationships.

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