Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-13

Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit.” (Romans 12:10,11)

Paul is working out the implications of a transformed life (vs. 1,2). He gives a series of exhortations beginning with — “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast what is good” (v. 9). As I read verses 9-13, the exhortation — “Out do one another in showing honor” — stood out to me.

It is so easy to criticize others. We can always find something about them that we do not like. But love by its very definition means that we are patient and kind, not envious or boastful, that we are not arrogant or rude, that we are not irritable or resentful (I Corinthians 13:4-8).

Instead of finding fault in others, we should look for their good traits. In fact, we should go out of the way to honor them — “Out do one another in showing honor.” Read through Paul’s epistles and notice how many times he honors people. He listed them by name and sought to lift them up for their service in God’s kingdom.

My goal today is to look for ways that I can honor my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my coworkers in ministry, my friends, and others I come in contact with. Look for ways to encourage them. Love them with brotherly affection. Let’s be fervent about it. People need to be encouraged and not put down. Out do yourself today in showing honor to others.

Lord Jesus, I confess my critical and judgment spirit. Give me Your mind. Let me see myself as Your servant and a servant to those You bring in my life. Let me out do myself today in showing honor to others.


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