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Living Without Honor

(Mark 6:4-5) "But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them." In the above story, Jesus went home to his home town where people knew him and saw him grow up. Everywhere else that he went people followed, and as a result, great miracles happened but in his own hometown not much happened because of their unbelief. Jesus wanted his disciples to understand this great truth. You see, people that know us the best have the hardest time with us changing after salvation because they judge us by the past and not the present. When we get saved, we become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5: 17). "Old things are passed away, and behold all things are become new." It takes a while for "kin" and friends to see that we are different, because they knew us before. Therefore "our honor" or the respect that others may give to our new testimony for Christ is not easily given. That's why we need to: 1) Accept this truth, 2) Not get offended by their unbelief,  3) Give them time to hear and watch us. Jesus' family and home town came around in time, and so can ours, but it takes years sometimes. Therefore, much grace and patience is needed to endure with people that know you the best!  For it is true that in this world the unrighteous seem to have more honor than the righteous, but even so we who are saved need to stand for Christ and not faint.
 


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