Posts Tagged ‘honor’

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Continuing Romans 12:10…

July 2, 2011

Well, I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about this “honor” thing.  I talked about it with friends and looked up the meaning in Strong’s Concordance and, guess what?  It means “honor”, to place in high esteem, to respect.  It means what it means.

If we just back up to Romans 12:3, Paul says “I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” and if we go ahead to Romans 12:16, Paul says, “Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly, never be conceited,” and there are many more.

So, once again, scripture interprets scripture.

Jesus taught over and over again against pride, taking the Pharisees to task many times and showed his disciples by His own life, how to be humble.  He only looked down on those who were puffed up, never on those who were “meek and lowly of heart.”

So, Lord, help me to always see others as You do and remember that it is only by Your grace that I have been chosen for Your Kingdom, forgive my pride and open my heart and mind.  Let me have eyes to see, ears to hear and courage to act in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s lead.

 

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Outdo One and Another in Showing Honor

July 1, 2011

Romans 12:10 continues the thought of loving one another with brotherly love;  Paul asks us to outdo one another in showing honor.  To honor means to respect greatly, regard highly or esteem.  Wow.

I don’t think I do that well.  I believe I love everyone in our church with brotherly love, but honor?  Hmmm.  I need to think about and work on this.   Respect, I was taught, is earned.  But here, I am being taught it is to be given with grace.  I have never heard a teaching on this and it looks like a great place for one.

I am at a loss for words.  I really have to think about this and change the way I look at others in my church family.   Not only should I highly regard my brothers and sisters, but I should try and outdo everyone in doing so.  This will take practice. 

Sometimes love is easier than respect for me.  I think I’ll have to continue this tomorrow after I meditate on the Word today.