Day 2: Be Honorable
Take the opportunity once again to think about what it would’ve been like to live in ancient times. As you walk through the market, you were likely to see hundreds of men with short hair or shaved heads, as was the norm. The few you may have seen with long hair were likely prostitutes in pagan temples. Similarly, you would see hundreds of women with long hair, as was the norm. The few you may have seen with short hair were likely prostitutes in and around the pagan temples. This, of course, is a completely foreign idea for us. But it does make 1 Corinthians 11 much easier to understand.
In the same way Paul was addressing the importance of head coverings, he took the opportunity to address the length of men and women’s hair. But his concern had nothing to do with their hair, and had everything to do with ensuring that they were seen as honorable individuals throughout the community.
This follows many of the themes expressed throughout Paul’s letter: have strong marriages, be united, build one another up, remove all kinds of immorality, worship God alone. These themes are shared over and over again throughout Paul’s letter. Those who heard this letter being read in public would’ve recognized the value of Paul’s wisdom. As you read today, consider this: In what ways are Christians today not setting an example of honorable living?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:2-16
In what ways are Christians today not setting an example of honorable living?
How can Christians today set a better example of honorable living?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Nehemiah 9
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, Your Word reveals so much about the wonders of who You are; Your loving, compassionate nature. Today I simply pray that I will continue to know You, and that I may grow into the person You have made me to be. You have made me to be loving towards others, and I want to be more loving. You have made me to be gracious towards others, and I want to be more gracious. You have made me to forgive others, and I want to be more forgiving. You have made me to be united with others, and I want to be more united. You have made me to be honorable, and I want to be more honorable. Today, Father, my desire is to rest in You in everything. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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