Take delight in honoring each other

The verse of Scripture on my mind today is Romans 12:10: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another. 

If we wholeheartedly devoted ourselves to live by these words: “take delight in honoring each other,” our lives would shine like light into the darkness.
The trend today is the opposite: Seek honor for yourself. It is significantly counter-cultural to live by these words in Romans 12:10.
What would family and church be like if we made a clear effort to honor others above ourselves? (see: Philippians 2:2-11)
The translation above is from the New Living Bible. Other translations include: “give preference to one another” or “preferring one another.”
I found it curious that the words “take delight” were included. I believe this was included because the word it translates (προηγούμενοι) could be rendered “going before.”  
The expression conveys an eagerness to honor others. Perhaps a call to initiate or even to surpass one another in showing honor. “Out do one another in showing honor” (ESV).
I like the rendering “Take delight.” Honoring one another should not be thought of as a burden but a joy. It is a way of recognizing value in another person.
Most of us could use a renewed passion for honoring one another. Think of how it would transforms our fellowship into the kind of community it was meant to be.  
After demonstrating this kind of deferential honor to his disciples (by washing their feet), Jesus said, “I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35).
Steve Cornell

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2 Responses to Take delight in honoring each other

  1. Aimee Byrd says:

    Great exhortation. It is truly amazing that Christ valued us in the ultimate way that he did. I pray that I have an eagerness to honor others!

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