“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another” (Romans 12:10).
It would have a powerful transforming influence on our families, churches and communities if we devoted ourselves to live by these words.
The tendency is too often the opposite: Seek honor for yourself. It’s counter-cultural to sincerely live out the words in Romans 12:10.
What would life be like if we made a clear effort to honor others above ourselves? We should often reflect on the example Jesus gave us (see: Philippians 2:2-11)
I found it interesting that the words “take delight” were chosen for the New Living Bible.” “…take delight in honoring one another.”
Other translations read, “give preference to one another” or “preferring one another.”
“Take delight” was likely chosen because the word translated (προηγούμενοι) could be rendered “going before.”
It speaks of an eagerness to honor others as a call to initiate or 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 or duty but a joy. It’s a way of recognizing value in another person.
Renewed passion needed
Most of us could use a renewed passion for honoring one another. Think of how it would transforms our fellowship. It would become the kind of community it was meant to be.
Jesus demonstrated this kind of deferential honor for his disciples by washing their feet). Then he said to them, “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).