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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 04:18:45 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

Honor to Whom Honor
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

This weekend millions of people around the world will
pause to express gratitude to their moms. They will say
thank you to mom for giving them life, for caring for
them, for teaching them, and for loving them
unconditionally. This is just what we should do.

The Word of God teaches that we should honor our
parents (Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4; Ephesians 6:1-2).
Peter tells us that we should, "Honor all people." (1
Peter 2:17)

The Apostle Paul told the early Christians that they
should give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 12:10).
Therefore, it is good and right that we should honor
our mothers on this special day for all that they have
done for us.

It is also good and right that we should honor our
Savior each Lord's Day for what he has done for us. We
should honor him because we are commanded to do so 
(Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 11:26).

We should honor our Lord out of hearts of love and
gratitude for what he has done for us. "We love,
because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19) 

We should honor our Savior because of the tremendous 
blessings that are ours because of him (Ephesians 1:3).

We honor Christ, not with some impressive memorial, not
with an annual holiday, not with parades, or parties,
we honor Christ each week when we gather around the
table. 

We honor him with a simple feast of bread and juice 
remembering that he gave himself for us.

We honor him with our lives daily and our communion
each week. The communion we share is a simple, yet
profound reminder of the precious lamb of God who takes
away our sins. 

We should thank God for the opportunity each week to 
remember what Jesus did for us as we give him the honor 
that is due.

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