Honor

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines honor as "the esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; a testimony of esteem; any expression of respect or of high estimation by words or actions; dignity; exalted rank or place; distinction. In doing a good thing, there is both honor and pleasure. Honor is reverence; veneration; or any act by which reverence and submission are expressed, as worship paid to the Supreme Being."

Honor is "reputation; good name; true nobleness of mind; magnanimity; dignified respect for character, springing from probity, principle or moral rectitude; a distinguishing trait in the character of good men; an assumed appearance of nobleness; scorn of meanness, springing from the fear of reproach, without regard to principle." Honor includes "any particular virtue much valued; as bravery in men, and chastity in females; dignity of mien; noble appearance. Godlike erect, with native honor clad; privileges of rank or birth; that which adorns; ornament; decoration."


“Honor puts God first and in the center of your life”


To honor, as an intransitive verb, is defined as "to revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to; to reverence; to manifest the highest veneration for, in words and actions; to entertain the most exalted thoughts of; to worship; to adore; to dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to elevate in rank or station; to exalt. Men are sometimes honored with titles and offices, which they do not merit." To honor also means "to glorify; to render illustrious; to treat with due civility and respect in the ordinary intercourse of life."

The world defines honor as "the high respect, esteem or reverence accorded to exalted worth, rank, deferential admiration or approbation." A person's honor is his "personal title to high respect or esteem, honorableness, elevation of character, nobleness of mind, scorn of meanness, magnanimity, a fine sense of and allegiance to what is due or right."

Honor refers to the soul's aggregate virtue, purity, the keen sense of ethical conduct, and integrity of character. Honor puts God first and in the center of your life. Honor is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being and of doing, a virtue, and one of the 33 Degrees of the Via Christa. Honor, Morality and Equality form the first lesser trinity of Degrees, whose keynote is Responsibility.













Edna Lister on Honor

You are ready and worthy of greater honor and glory when you can take what earth offers with a smile, acknowledging only God as your Father-Mother, within and as you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Correspondence, 1934.


To walk the Via Christa, you must live by principle, and honor the Father and Mother God principles of Wisdom and Love. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934.


The rewards of a peace creator are riches, honor, and life. – Edna Lister, Beatitudes, January 19, 1935.


Honor your Father (Wisdom) and Mother (Love) and cast not your virtues aside. – Edna Lister, Stepping Stones to Success, December 8, 1935.


Loyalty to God is the first commandment. Live what it teaches, to love honor above all things. – Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.


Walk as a creator god, living the virtues of honor, loyalty and integrity. – Edna Lister, Walking With God, February 10, 1940.


Unconquerable faith and unquenchable love are active principles, and to the one who holds to them and honors God above all things (and "honor" is the greatest of all), nothing is impossible. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1940.


Live as if honor and loyalty were the only standards in heaven or on earth; all else will follow. – Edna Lister, March 10, 1941.


Always use real honor, the honor that places God first and "me" last, the honor that is above all things of the earthly self. – Edna Lister, April 23, 1941.


You must honor God so highly that you cannot realize anything of earth's negatives, but only that which is real can register upon your consciousness. – Edna Lister, April 23, 1941.


Stand in ever greater love of honor, for love of honor above all else shall most surely fulfill all the laws of life unto you. – Edna Lister, April 29, 1941.


Only deepest humility and love of honor above all things can be your safety, not love of self, or to be thought great in the world. – Edna Lister, April 29, 1941.


Work in the Master's name because honor is your Source, and strength. No one may gainsay, touch or take your honor away, for it is God's gift to you. Let no man smirch this honor. Let all else go. Let men blame, persecute and revile you, yet do not let go of honor. Hold it fast as your rod and staff, your comfort, and though you lose the whole world for honor, you gain everything of soul. – Edna Lister, May 18, 1941.


Stand in honor and in joy. – Edna Lister, June 11, 1941.


Eternal bliss comes only from a contrite heart and a noble spirit under honor before God above all things. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1942.


Love is honor in expression here on earth because God's Honor is an exact, perfect blend and balance of Love and Wisdom expressing itself in Selflessness at all times, under all circumstances. – Edna Lister, December 22, 1942.


As above, so below. As below in honor, so above. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1944.


If you honor God first, above all things of earth, you cannot dishonor yourself or another. – Edna Lister, December 11, 1944.


A person honors an office only when he or she lives up to all the laws of that office. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1945.


Do all things to the Master's honor and glory. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1945.


You stand upright as a pillar unto your own honor and integrity. – Edna Lister, July 2, 1945.


Do not be dishonest or dishonorable with self. Do not speak light words or laugh about anything that can sink back into the subconscious mind to taint it. – Edna Lister, July 10, 1945.


On the Via Christa, we follow higher laws of honor than any other creation. – Edna Lister, July 19, 1945.


No position honors a man. The man must honor the position to hold it. – Edna Lister, August 12, 1945.


Honor your position and not self. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1945.


You must hold, defend, and honor your position. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1945.


Honor God first. – Edna Lister, April 17, 1947.


Stand on principle always. In this way, you gradually build a reputation of justice, honor, and truthfulness. Others will come and defer to you for answers. – Edna Lister, June 27, 1947.


Gaining a position is one thing, holding and honoring it is another. Many people lose their points because they are unable to stand, to hold, and to defend against evil. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1947.


Be just, honorable and truthful. – Edna Lister, January 8, 1948.


Joy pays the greatest honor to God. – Edna Lister, March 21, 1948.


You can trust in your own honor only when you lift self and keep your vows to God. – Edna Lister, April 19, 1948.


Why should you feel honored by being though of as trustworthy? You are supposed to become honor. When you have done so, you will not fight for place or position, feel hurt when another seeks what you have called your place, or feel superior in honor, loyalty or ability. – Edna Lister, April 19, 1948.


There is but one law for the Elect, the law of honor, the Way of Light. – Edna Lister, April 19, 1948.


Sometimes, to fit the other fellow's lesser capacity, it's necessary to remain silent about your full definition of honor. This silence is not misdirection but compassionate kindness. – Edna Lister, June 15, 1948.


When you dishonor God, your mentality seems foggy. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1948.


Your honor of God adds honor to all your earth vows of love. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1952.


The Father dared to send His Son from the glory of His Light into the darkness of earth because He trusted His Son's honor completely. – Edna Lister, The Living Chalice, December 7, 1952.


Anyone who disregards law dishonors God, is playing with God, breaking the law and is arrogant. – Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.


The compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ holds every soul in his own place under God or up to his highest point of honor. – Edna Lister, July 13, 1953.


Loyalty to principle is honor: If you are loyal to God's principles, you cannot act dishonorably toward one of His creations. – Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor? November 15, 1953.


You honor God as personality, but are loyal to God as principle. – Edna Lister, Do You Always Wear Your Armor? November 15, 1953.


Choose not to be responsible and you get tangled in the loyalties and honors of earth. Then you are no longer independent but in bondage to earth. – Edna Lister, I Surrender, July 4, 1954.


When you live by honor sincerely and never disobey that honor in lesser ways, you earn high credits, paid not for earth knowledge, but for honor and love of God. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1955.


God can't set aside divine law to please you, and taking advantage of God's good nature by expecting Him to do so is dishonorable. – Edna Lister, Religious Slavery or Freedom? November 27, 1955.


The principle of faith is that steadfastness of courage that is honor. Faith is the exercise of balance between Love and Wisdom and Honor above all things. – Edna Lister, June 25, 1956.


The only pride you may have is in living, ascending to the highest honor of God, not to lower your banner of honor to any man. – Edna Lister, June 26, 1956.


Righteousness is honor, loyalty and integrity combined, the state of consciousness of learning to be right, not through opinion and prejudice, but with principle and the love of God. – Edna Lister, Lights and Colors, July 17, 1956.


You are on your honor, honor above all things, in which is no hiding or deception toward oneself. – Edna Lister, July 20, 1956.


Once you choose honor to God above all things, ever striving to conquer, all the powers and glories of heaven are opened to you. – Edna Lister, September 1956.


The first command is to honor God, then to surrender completely to His will and desire for you. – Edna Lister, October 25, 1956.


You must live up to a code of honor that is as great as your acceptance of the kingdom and Christ, despite any and all outer conditions. – Edna Lister, Your Attitude Toward Man, December 9, 1956.


Walk as a creator god in loyalty and honor before God. – Edna Lister, The Brain, Your Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.


Personal honor includes an intense sense of responsibility to accept the fact that everything as possible under God, though you may not immediately see how. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.


Honor is holding the highest respect for God, humanity and law, a part of your whole allegiance to truth that reflects nobleness of mind. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.


Obedience to law will bring you to a state of honor, loyalty, integrity, and consideration. – Edna Lister, God Is a Gentleman, September 29, 1957.


The first born of honor and loyalty are integrity and consideration in action. – Edna Lister, September 30, 1957.


Honor and loyalty mate and their firstborn is integrity and consideration in action. – Edna Lister, Triumphant You November 25, 1957.


You may not force your code of honor on another, for no two codes are the same. The crawler does not live by a high code of honor, yet the higher sense of honor never blames the lesser. The higher your code of honor, the more faithfully you must live up to it. If you use it as a whip on others, you incur a great debt. Honor does not force you to make another live it. When you live honorably, you free all others to live in their grade. Live your code of honor. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1958.


Don't say, "This isn't my kind of honor," or you stick your nose into a garbage can and carry away the stench. If you live by God's Honor, you live it without boasting about it. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1958.


If your sense of honor is not high enough to see that God holds the world together, then you do not see that God is running the world His way. – Edna Lister, August 7, 1958.


If you honor God, you will esteem Him with all your heart, mind and soul. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.


"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God" sets the keynote of honor to God above all things. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.


Living by God's Honor and desiring to become pure, immediately releases the Power and Light to melt and dissolve the crystallization of many lives. – Edna Lister, October 9, 1958.


If a child has been trained in honor and loyalty, this leads to leadership in life. – Edna Lister, Seven Life Ages of Man, November 11, 1958.


Moses and Aaron let God use them for His honor and glory, and thus were able to work miracles. – Edna Lister, Ten Plagues on Egypt, December 2, 1958.


You earn soul glory by expressing honor, loyalty and integrity. Live by the motto: "Honor above all things." Loyalty to principle is next in line. Integrity of soul is your guiding star forever. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1958.


A Master learns honor, and polishing ethics and morals. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


The fifth law of expression is to accept responsibility to polish your ethics and morals, which become your honor. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.


The first law of our Order is "Honor above all things." Our solemn obligation under honor and loyalty to God is to lift evil the minute you hear it, and love the who or what into the Light. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1959.


Follow your own honor. You receive credits for faithfulness when you obey. – Edna Lister, May 7, 1959.


You would not plan to betray your honor, but the little self betrays you. – Edna Lister, October 5, 1959.


Justice is stainless honor of soul above all, expressed as loyalty to God as your Source first, before earthly loyalties. – Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959.


Responsibility includes honor, morality and equality. Honor is recognizing and discharging your responsibilities. Honor is spelled "responsibility" on earth. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.


Honor, love and faith are the roots of your heavenly Tree of Life and all else branches from them. Study, ponder and hold them fast with all your soul, mind, heart and body, lest self betrays you again. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1960.


You obtain freedom only by living under honor, justice, and loyalty. – Edna Lister, From Adam to Jesus, May 22, 1960.


Never exalt your sense of honor at another's expense, which is selfish; the responsibility is yours to rise to a higher sense of honor. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.


Honor is not related to worldly position or fame. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.


When you live by "Honor above all," Light transfigures you from the cocoon of self into the glory of soul. – Edna Lister, Steadfastness Through Vigilance, June 19, 1960.


Virtue is acting under honor, loyalty, responsibility, faith, love and all one hundred forty-four faculties of soul. – Edna Lister, What Is Virtue? July 12, 1960.


You honor your place or not, but your place does not honor you: You shall honor your place. – Edna Lister, September 8, 1960.


You must base your choices on honor and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, September 7, 1961.


The Elect live by absolute morality in everything that impinges on God's Honor. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1961.


Obey the six laws of absolute necessity for high integrity and full honor:
"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you." – Matthew 6:33.
"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him." – Matthew 5:25.
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." – 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
"What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22.
"I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to me." – John 12:32.
"This is good! Let there be Light!" – Genesis 1.
– Edna Lister, March 28, 1962.


If you do not stand on the hub of your balance wheel of honor, you may be broken into fragments. – Edna Lister, Honor Above All, April 8, 1962.


Doors shall swing open for you at the right time because you stand in loyalty and honor. – Edna Lister, April 16, 1962.


The beauty and the glory of law under honor are beyond words to express. – Edna Lister, November 29, 1962.


When something comes that for the instant seems of concern, you shall know that you are privileged and honored by being asked to lift a greater share of the world's evil. – Edna Lister, February 1963.


You live by the honor of God, and loyalty to God. – Edna Lister, April 4, 1963.


Seek the sweet, firm, final way of living in honor and loyalty to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, April 4, 1963.


You must live honorably with loyalty to principle, to God and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, August 5, 1963.


Honor, loyalty and integrity are the fruits of self-discipline and self-sacrifice. – Edna Lister, August 15, 1963.


Responsibility is based on respect for God's laws under honor, loyalty, and integrity of soul. – Edna Lister, Responsibility, February 14, 1964.


We need unselfish leaders of honor, loyalty and integrity of soul who don't think of what they're due. – Edna Lister, September 13, 1964.


The unwavering one, who covers nothing of the self and stands firmly for honor, shall enjoy the overwhelming victory of loyalty to God. – Edna Lister, October 29, 1964.


You cannot explain honor, loyalty or integrity to one who does not know the Universal Father. – Edna Lister, Omnipresence, the Father's Primacy, November 24, 1964.


Remember all the laws you have been given, and keep them in honor and obedience to God. – Edna Lister, January 17, 1966.


Keep your honor sacred and secret so that nothing can tear asunder your soul's integrity. – Edna Lister, November 6, 1967.


All souls must have honor and integrity. – Edna Lister, November 4, 1968.


You can't be the full honor of God while making excuses. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.


Your character is the result of how you live by honor, integrity, and how you apply law to all your choices in action. – Edna Lister, How to Make a Just Appraisal, May 14, 1968.


When you plan your day in the morning, use desire, thinking and imagination with honor, loyalty and integrity. – Edna Lister, November 7, 1968.


Once you follow all law, others may honor and exalt you, but for your soul, not for self. – Edna Lister, November 18, 1968.


God sent us forth with free choice because He had perfect trust in our ability to conquer earth's illusions and make honorable choices. – Edna Lister, Let Your Light So Shine, November 24, 1968.


A true Mystic follows the Light while he worships our infallible God. The steady beacon Light of honor is always guiding him. – Edna Lister, Philosophers and Mystics: Pythagoras and Plotinus, November 26, 1968.


Resentment is both dishonest and dishonorable. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1970

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Declarations for Honor

"I now honor God so highly that I cannot realize anything of earth's negatives, but only that which is real can register upon my consciousness." – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1941.

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Stories That Illustrate Honor

The Hypocritical Pharisees: Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. – Matthew 15:1-9.

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Honor Above All 1

This Edna Lister sermon outline is dated April 8, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scripture: John 8:48-59.

"Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and ye do dishonor me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me; of whom ye say, that He is your God: Yet ye have not known Him; but I know Him: and if I should say, I know Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know Him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and He saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." – John 8:48-59.

What is honor? The world defines honor as "the feeling and the expression of admiration, respect, or esteem accorded to another as a right or as due." Honor refers to virtue, purity, a keen sense of ethical conduct, and integrity. The main idea of the dictionary definition of honor is "to give respect to." Yet there must be more than this to honor.

In 1926, I was given the message of truth that "Honor is above all things." Thus, honor became the base of the Christed code of living. Honor originates at the center of the universe. The Emanations of Wisdom, Love and Honor, are the names of the Father, Mother and the Son.

Since the Son is the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost is the vibration of honor. Since the Son is all the action of Power, the action is honor. Honor is a combination of the Wisdom and Love principles in action. It is the balance wheel[1] of action at the center of your life.

The great Wheel of Life has twelve divisions. Each division has twelve initiations or twelve virtues to be followed, which are twelve laws you learn to obey. The only way to conquering is to stand at the center of the great Wheel of Life. Stand on the small balance wheel there and lift every ugly thing from each division as the great wheel turns.

Pay your respects to God from your balance wheel of honor, which is the meaning of the command to "Honor thy Father."

"Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and ye do dishonor me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." – John 8:48-49.

Unless you keep his saying, "I honor my Father," your venture to conquer self ends in failure and death. If you honor your Father, you "shall never see death." When a vibration dies down too low, it becomes death. Paying respect to the Father determines your amount of life. How much life do you want and need? How much honor do you have? You have no life if you try to honor your self by taking credit. When you feed the self, you have nothing left of honor.

"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." – John 8:56-59.

As if Jesus wanted to shock them from their self-satisfaction, he said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." Yet, when he said, "Before Abraham was, I am," they couldn't take anymore. They cast stones at him, so he became invisible.

How do you become invisible and reach the point of being untouchable by the world of low vibrations? Honor is a high sense of responsibility. Honor, as expressed through great personal responsibility, sets all the powers of God in motion. Faith without honor as works or action, is dead, a low vibration.

Your individual honor is in proportion to your respect for God, for man, and for laws. A great respect for God reveals a soul that is great in honor. No respect reveals a low point of honor or none at all. Under a low or dead vibration, substance stops moving. Love, compassion and beauty are all dead without honor.

Honor is your one greatest need when facing disagreeable people and facts. How does this work? When your respect for God reaches up to honor Him, the power of honor as Light cleanses your mind and heart. Then honor opens a high vibration of rejoicing in gratitude for the smallest thing in your life.

You may enjoy no high honor without gratitude. Base your prayers in gratitude. Praise for God is the highest form of honor. Your respect for God then becomes your greatest creative activity.

Endnote

1^ Balance wheel: A device in a clock or watch that controls the transmission of power from the spring or falling weight to the hands. It is usually based on a balance wheel or pendulum. It thus allows energy to enter the mechanism in order to move the hands round the face, overcome friction in the gear trains, and maintain the balance wheel or pendulum in continuous motion.

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Honor Above All 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated April 8, 1962, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White, Ross and Virginia Whitehead. Scripture: John 8:48-59.

"Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. – John 8:48-59.

What is your idea of honor? What certain combinations can produce, and how they can blow fuses, surprises even God! To understand the meaning of honor, you must place honor above all things. I have searched for decades to discover what honor is. The dictionary defines honor as "to give respect to, nobility of mind, probity, a code of integrity, principled uprightness of character, and personal integrity."

However, an ordinary dictionary gives no analysis of honor. You can truly understand honor only when you are caught up in the Spirit, kneel at the altar, at the Master's feet, and are taken to the Source. Then you are not passing judgment, not using an earthly measuring rod on honor, but you know what it is. If you are caught up in consciousness through love, such things happen.

In the beginning was the Mind of God. In unutterable stillness, God planned and thought His Creation. During a Night of Rest and Assimilation, which is of the same duration as a Day of Manifestation, God assimilates all the previous Day's experience and plans for the next Day.

God saw the end from the beginning. He saw the Day finished, from the beginning, and laid His plans to circumvent evil. Thus, when the Day opened, God created the universe perfectly.

The first Emanation was the Father God principle, Wisdom. The second was the Mother God principle, Love. The third Emanation combined Wisdom and Love as honor. Honor is the Christ principle of the Holy Spirit, the red ray of energy. Every spark of the invisible contains the essence of honor.

No lesser messiah has equaled Jesus the Christ in honor, for he expressed the Holy Spirit, which is honor as the first vibration of the Christ principle. To express this vibration of honor, Jesus had to be both Love and Wisdom.

You cannot have life without the high vibration of honor, or you live in barrenness and desolation. Honor is the center of Light in your life, the hub of your balance-wheel[1] of life. Unless you stand on the hub of the Zodiacal Wheel, with its twelve divisions, you will be broken into fragments. Every soul must live by the virtues of each sign, 144 total, which are laws.

You express your virtue according to your personal new year, your birthday. Then you must adjust to the world's new year, January 1. Unless you adjust to the disagreeable, you cannot live up to the twelve virtues of the Wheel of Life.

Your greatest problem, the greatest action you can take, is to adjust to the disagreeable elements in your life. For example, some people must adjust to the wheel of the person next door. The whole balance of life is seeking adjustment to the wheel of virtues as others express them.

Center your obedience to law by ascending, kneeling and honoring God. Honor is paying respect to God. When you pay proper respect to God, you will pay proper respect to every individual.

In saying, "I honor my Father, and ye do dishonor me," Jesus held his scepter of Power aloft before the crowd. He was trying to give them the Father's message. Unless they showed him respect, they were not honoring the Father.

"If a man keep my saying, he shall not know death." Death is the lowering of the high vibration of the Emanations through the twelve divisions, laws, and virtues. The vibration of honor today has dwindled almost to nothing.

If you move to the hub of the wheel and honor God, how can you dishonor anyone or any law? Honor contains all the laws and virtues. Go to God and give Him all the credit.

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am. – John 8:56-58.

What is self-pity, pride, or martyrdom other than giving the self credit and honoring the self? When you do so, the vibration dies to death. Psychologically, you must lance such inner boils of self. The cause of all illness is the same — self has dragged soul from the high place of honor.

Jesus said, "Keep my saying," by which he meant his previous statement, "I honor my Father." At some point in life, you may think you have reached the ultimate in grief or despair, which tempts you to abandon divine principle. No matter the circumstance, you cannot bury honor in unhallowed ground or dismiss it with a dishonorable discharge.

"Before Abraham was, I AM," Jesus said. This I AM is all honor, love, wisdom, integrity, and joy. Jesus could see that first vibration of integrity, loyalty, and honor because he was there. Spiritually, he was that old. He appeared to be a thirty-something young man, but in reality, the Son is older than the universe.

The angry men started to stone Jesus, and he disappeared from view. He knew it was the right time to act as an adept and to disappear, especially to prove his teachings to the disciples. You become invisible to the stones and fiery darts of the world when you honor God with no thought of self. You cannot agree with God that "This is good," unless you first ascend to Him in honor.

For example, ponder Daniel in the lions' den. Under a tirade or challenging trouble, stand with your arms folded, not to get the best of the other fellow, but to go up first in complete honor to God. Go to Him with a song of gratitude and praise in your heart and mind. Gratitude is the only action that will take you to God, to the heights of honor.

Gratitude is saying, "Thank You, Father, that Your divine hand is on the reins. I declare that this is changing the evil vibration for the whole world. Let other similar conditions be healed." Declare this with no criticism of the person or situation that troubles you.

"What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22. Honor is above everything, and contains all things. My grandmother said, "Put on your front door voice when you pray." This was her way of honoring God. Her front door was a place of gratitude and blessing, and she constantly reminded her family to honor God in that way.

Gratitude is an expression of honor. To attain the full heights of honor is to ascend in consciousness on gratitude from early morning to night, thanking God for all small things and the great. You must have gratitude for the little things, for the sun, the rain, flowers and the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

All power of union is given under honor. Union, which is a state of grace, is honor.

Endnote

1^ Balance wheel: A device in a clock or watch that controls the transmission of power from the spring or falling weight to the hands. It is usually based on a balance wheel or pendulum. It thus allows energy to enter the mechanism in order to move the hands round the face, overcome friction in the gear trains, and maintain the balance wheel or pendulum in continuous motion.

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This Linda Mihalic sermon transcript is dated Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2002, Cleveland, Ohio. Scriptures: Proverbs 25:2-7, and Proverbs 4:3-9.

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen." – Proverbs 25:2-7.

"I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee." – Proverbs 4:3-9.

Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." This is a solemn promise, which we must fulfill by adding our own divine soul substance to it until we become the truth. Then we will know.

All the truly profound truths we uncover are extremely simple. We make discovering the truth difficult because we hide it from ourselves while looking for it in all the wrong places. Our desire for truth is there, but our other desires to enjoy this world's dubious pleasures and rewards seem to weigh more in the balance scales. Truth is what is real, but too often we prefer the fake glitter of the world of appearances.

To know the truth that will make us free at last, we must have integrity and be integrated, gathering all our scattered parts into one whole Living Soul.

Integrity means "an original perfect state, with nothing left out; undivided." We must take back those parts of us we have let the world lay claim to. We must ransom our soul substance that we have wisely or unwisely invested in this world, in other people, in material "things."

No one else has any enduring claim on our soul substance, other than what we give them. To feed another upon our soul substance makes of them weaklings at best and vampires at worst. It assuredly does nothing to promote our integrity.

According to Edna Lister, "Integrity is practicing all the 144 soul virtues, exercising every God-given faculty or talent, all turned upward as vision. A Virtue is, or represents, a primary Law." Integrity is fashioned from three prime virtues: Responsibility, Loyalty and Honor, which correspond to the Degrees of Master, Priest and Christos.

Responsibility, the hallmark of a Master, is being answerable, morally accountable to God for all our creations and for His Creation as co-creators with Him. Because we know that we are responsible, we know that we may be called to account at a moment's notice. We are capable of fulfilling our obligation or trust; we are reliable, and trustworthy.

Loyalty, in the world, is fidelity, faithful adherence to one's promise, oath, or word of honor. To us it is seeking God first and always before we look to the world. Because we are loyal Sons and Daughters of the King of the Universe, we are faithful and true to our obligations of duty as Priests and Priestesses of the Flame.

My first exposure to the concept of honor came through poetry, which Thomas Carlyle called "the language of the soul": 1649 Richard Lovelace (an English poet, soldier, and Royalist, the prototype of the perfect Cavalier) wrote, "I could not love thee, dear, so much, Loved I not Honor more."

"What is Honor, but a greatness of mind which scorns to descend to an ill and base thing?" said the Earl of Stanhope in 1705. Wordsworth said that Honor is "the finest sense of justice which the human mind can frame." Our government bestows the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty."

We've all heard of the Honor Roll, honors students, graduating with honors, "Magna cum laude" (with high honors) and "Summa cum laude" (with highest honors). Honors are a special distinction gained, in a university or other examination, for proficiency in scholarship beyond that required to pass the examination. In many universities, honors refers to a course of study of a higher or more specialized character than is required for an ordinary degree.

We say, "It is the honorable (upright) thing to do," and you are "on your honor," a phrase by which the speaker stakes his personal title on the truth of his statement, an expression of strong assurance, to put a person upon his honor, i.e., under honorable obligation.

A code of honor is the set of rules and customs which regulate the conduct of some particular class of person according to a conventional standard of honor. For instance, even a gambler says, "Honor your debt."

Honor, which is the hallmark of Oversoul and the virtue of the Christos Degree, is a fine sense of and strict allegiance to what is due or right, not what is due according to some conventional or fashionable standard of conduct. Honor implies a reverence for the invisible and super-sensual in our nature.

To have honor, one must be honorable, which requires an elevation of character, a nobleness of mind, a scorn of meanness. One must be selfless and unselfish. Honorable means worthy of being honored; entitled to honor, respect, esteem, or reverence. As Plato said, "The soul which came from heaven is more honorable than the body which is earth-born."

Honor grows, in the Latin and the Hebrew, from a root, meaning "repute, esteem, official dignity, ornament, grace, beauty," and "burden," in allegiance to the moral principles which are imperative in one's position, or to some conventional standard of conduct; as a moral bounden duty: A debt of honor.

The whole world seeks the rewards of honor, but they wish to obtain it at a sale price, which is not possible. For instance, in the Star Wars series, Anakin Starwalker, who will become Darth Vader, quintessential servant of evil, is exalted in Attack of the Clones, which its makers expect to make millions. Today's heroes have become anti-heroes.

Lying, which is the utter distortion of truth and reality is now called by other names, such as "spin." Spin-masters, who are consummate liars are now admired and emulated. The only spin we participate in is tearing the veils from horizontal lies covering truth, thus turning the world up to the truth again.

Just as all Light comes from above, so does all real Truth flow as a Fountain of Life from the Throne of the Father Supreme. We subscribe our lives to live by Light and Truth and Honor. Thus we achieve integrity, gathering our scattered parts together in one living soul ruled only by Oversoul.

The time has come for us to be the Soul of Honor, to do all things in the name of our Father as honor, as loyalty, as responsibility, as integrity!

We are One, when we choose to be. The whole of earth stands in the Valley of Decision, to choose between the truth of Reality and the truth of Appearances. Let our standing together as one, in the Light, for the Light and as the Light, be so great that we are a beacon, attracting all of earth's masses to choose the Light.

You are responsible for paying all your debts of honor. Your loyalty to your Source renews your honor, moment to moment. Honor integrates your soul until you are the Soul of Honor!

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New Testament on Honor

A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. – Matthew 13:57.


A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. – Mark 6:4.


Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country. – John 4:44.


Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him. – John 5:22-23.


I receive not honor from men. – John 5:41.


How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? – John 5:44.


If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. – John 12:26.


Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? – Romans 2:23. [You dishonor God by breaking the law.]


Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. – Romans 12:10-13.


Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. – Romans 13:7.


This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [body] in sanctification and honor. – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4.


Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 1:17.


Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine. – 1 Timothy 5:17.


Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. – 1 Timothy 6:1.


In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20.


For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. – Hebrews 5:1-6.


Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled. – Hebrews 13:4.


Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. – 1 Peter 2:17.

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Old Testament on Honor

Honor thy father and thy mother. – Exodus 20:1.


I have given thee riches and honor. – 1 Kings 3:1.


Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. – Psalms 104:1.


Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. – Proverbs 3:13-16. [Wisdom brings long life, riches and honor.]


Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction: but he that regards reproof shall be honored. – Proverbs 13:18.


Before honor is humility. – Proverbs 15:33.


With dishonor comes reproach. – Proverbs 18:3.


It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. – Proverbs 20:3.


He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. – Proverbs 21:21.


By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life. – Proverbs 22:4.


Honor is not seemly for a fool. – Proverbs 26:1.


As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool. – Proverbs 26:8. He who gives honor to a fool binds a stone in a sling.


A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. – Proverbs 29:23.

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Honor in Other Sacred Writings

Honor your father and mother (Wisdom and Love) both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon you from them, for the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children; but the curse of the mother roots out foundations. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 3:8-9.


Honor and shame is in talk, and your tongue is your fall. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 5:13.


They who fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they who love Him an honorable plant: they who regard not the law are a dishonorable seed; they who transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 10:19.


The disposition of a liar is dishonorable, and his shame is ever with him. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:26.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister


Etymology of honor: Latin honorem (nom. honos) "honor, dignity, office, reputation."



Honor is an absolute principle.

Honor is an abstract principle.

Honor is a law of being.

Honor is a law of doing.

Honor is a soul virtue.

Honor is a Via Christa Degree.


To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.

Yet this inconstancy is such
As thou too shalt adore;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.
– Richard Lovelace


Honor
Say, what is Honor? 'Tis the finest sense
Of justice which the human mind can frame,
Intent each lurking frailty to disclaim,
And guard the way of life from all offence
Suffered or done.

We know the arduous strife, the eternal laws
To which the triumph of all good is given,
High sacrifice, and labor without pause,
Even to the death: else wherefore should the eye
Of man converse with immortality?
– William Wordsworth


References

"Honor," A Dictionary of Physics (6th ed.), Oxford University Press, 2014, eISBN: 9780191726798.

Lovelace, Richard. "To Lucasta, Going to the Wars," The Oxford Book of English Verse. Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, compiler. Oxford: Clarendon, 1919.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.

Webster, Noah. Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, S. Converse, 1828.

Wordsworth, William. "Honor," Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson, editor. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1880; Bartleby.com, 2013 [accessed February 26, 2017].


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