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.
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What would family and church be like if we made a clear effort to honor others above ourselves? (see: Philippians 2:2-11)
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The translation above is from the New Living Bible. Other translations include: “give preference to one another” or “preferring one another.”
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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.”  
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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).
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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.
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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.  
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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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