Our relationships and our Churches would be transformed if we were devoted to practicing Romans 12:10 –
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (NLT).
I found it curious that the words “take delight” were used by the translators of the New Living Bible. Other translations include: “give preference to one another” and “preferring one another.”
The word translated “take delight” (προηγούμενοι) could be rendered “going before.”
The expression conveys eagerness to honor others. It’s 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” because it should not be considered a burden but a joy to show honor to one another. Honoring others involves recognizing their value. But honor first comes from humble character not a focus on the one honored.
What would happen if marriages, families and Churches had a renewed passion for showing deference to one another out of honor? Living out this calling would transform a Christian fellowship into the kind of community it was meant to be.
After demonstrating deferential honor by washing His disciples feet, Jesus said, “So now 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).