Esther 5:4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines honour as , good name or public esteem and a showing of usually merited respect. In essence, it is showing respect to others. I have seen so many persons on social media who choose to dishonour others through the use of their words.
Honour does not mean obedience, rather it means to value or respect. True honour requires us to take on the heart of a servant. We lift others up in humility and love, and we recognize that Jesus loves ALL men and died so that ALL men would have the opportunity to be saved. Even those we disagree with… even those who hurt us… We don’t have to agree with someone to show them love and respect.
The truth is that honour is more about you and your heart than it is about the person you are honouring. With the heart of a servant, you are able to honour every person that you cross paths with, and it shapes everything you say and do
Before asking for what you want, lead with honour. That is what Queen Esther did, she wanted the deliverance of her people, but rather than starting with that, she instead made the King feel honoured by inviting him to a banquet. Imagine how the King would have felt considering that his former wife (Queen Vasti) refused to come to a feast that he hosted; and now he is being invited to a banquet by his wife. He had never been honoured like that before. With that approach Esther showed her difference and was now positioned to get anything she asked for.
Planting the seed of honour will birth favour. Favour will do more for you in one day than what hard will accomplish in a lifetime. Lead with favour.
Life Application: Consistently plant seeds of honour before asking for what you want.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to show honour to whom honour is due not because I want anything, but because it is the right thing to do. Give me a heart of humility so that I may honour those that I do not agree with. In Jesus name, amen.