Outdo Others in Showing Honor

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10 ESV)

Honor. If you study the meaning of the verse above “outdo one another in showing honor” in the Greek, you’ll find a convicting, humbling call for every Christian.

Outdo: (Greek: proēgeomai): to go before and show the way, to go before and lead, to go before as a leader.
One Another: (Greek: allēlōn): one another, reciprocally, mutually.
Honor: (Greek: timē): deference, reverence

A loose paraphrase of this sentence would be: Be a leader in showing others honor, reverence, and deference.

Be the leader of deference (meaning: humble submission and respect).

Be the leader of reverence (meaning: deep respect for someone or something).

Most of us expect other Christians to show us honor and respect. If they don’t, we complain and get bitter or resentful. A lot of times, we expect others to give to us what we don’t give them.

Speaking for myself, on an average day, I’m not jumping up and down to be the leader of Christlike submission and respect. I’d rather be the on the receiving end of it. It’s humbling to die to myself and give honor to others.

I live in a disrespectful culture. Just a trip to town and a short bit of people-watching shows how little people show genuine honor to those around them.

Christ calls us as His children to forsake this disrespectful attitude and pursue humble reverence to everyone.

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17 ESV)

When you’re disrespected and reviled, reciprocate with honor.

When you’re gossiped about and slandered, respond with humble respect.

When you’re mistreated or ignored, continue to love with Christlike reverence.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 ESV)

Today, let’s begin to be leaders. Humble, respectful, submissive leaders in honor. Let’s lay down our lives for our fellow Christians and find ways humbly serve them. Let’s walk in genuine love. True love that puts other Christian above ourselves.

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HWIOH Challenge Update Week 48

Verses Hid In Our Hearts

I Peter 5:5-6, Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. B)’>“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” (NIV)

Lessons Learned

Humility. Not one of my Top Ten Favorite Words in the English language. :) Humility is something so easy to miss in other people, isn’t it? Unfortunately, it is often not as easy to miss in our own lives. As we talked about being humble, did you feel the burn of conviction in your chest? Is there an area of your life where it is difficult for you to be humble?

To Ponder

This week I have a little homework for you (hold your groans, please!). I’d like you to take a post-it note and list three areas of your life where you struggle with humility. You could write ‘church’ if you sometimes find yourself feeling proud of singing in the choir or teaching a Sunday school. You could write ‘school’ because you catch yourself feeling a little lofty sometimes about your straight A’s (guilty as charged!).

Take that post-it note and put it beside these verses in your Bible and pray over it this week. Pray and ask God to help you be clothed with humility with others…and at the end of the week, tear that post-it note up and throw it away.

Next Week

I Peter 6:7-8, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because D)’>be watchful. Your F)’>prowls around A)’>to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a 

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