Spiritual Diabetes (Proverbs 25:27)

Honey is good for your health. But too much honey? That's dangerous. It is equally dangerous to seek out honour for yourself.

It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory. (Proverbs 25:27 KJV)

Many people relate the disease called ‘Diabetes’ to anything that has to do with an excess intake of sugar, honey or sweet foods generally. While this is not entirely true, it does have to do with a high blood sugar due to problems with the human body processing the insulin hormone. This usually leads to vital organ damage and, if left unattended to, often leads to an untimely death.

Honey is good and healthy for you, but taking too much of it can make you sick. Seeking glory or honor for yourself is likened to taking too much honey — King Solomon says this is ‘not good’. Seeking your own glory:

????exalts self not God, which is IDOLATRY;

????draws attention to your good deeds and gives room for hypocrisy and eye-service;

????gives room for pride;

????implies a state of discontentment in the heart;

????opens you up to covetousness;

????could result in hatred of anyone who fails to honor you. Such are referred to as murderers in the Bible (1 John 3:15).

Seeking your own glory can be in many forms, such as:

▪️boasting about how spiritual you are;

▪️proclaiming how long you pray, or how often/how long you fast, or how many tracts you’ve handed out in a given time period;

▪️dominating a conversation and persistently speaking exclusively about yourself only; and so on.

It is part of the fallen nature of man to seek his own glory. However a true Christian should not be found to seek his/her own glory. While it is good to be careful to have a good reputation BEFORE men, seeking honor (approval) FROM men has no glory to it. Having a good reputation before men is, according to the late theologian Charles Bridges, “a virtue on the brink of becoming a vice; a duty on the border of imminent danger.”

How Then Do We Not Seek Honor of Men?

???? Crucify your flesh daily and seek to be led by the Holy Spirit — Galatians 5:24,25.

???? Humble yourself (keep a modest opinion of yourself and behave accordingly). Only then will you be exalted. — Luke 14:11.

???? Think more highly of others than you do of yourself — Philippians 2:3,4.

???? Proverbs 27:2 – “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

A truly honorable (wo)man needs not seek honor from men. He/she only needs to live a life worthy of honor and praise.

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