Together: Honor One Another

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9–10 ESV)

We are considering the various commands in the scriptures that speak about what we are called to do for “one another” in Christ. Today we are going to examine the teaching that we are to show honor for one another.

Understanding Honor

What does it mean to honor someone? We see many commands regarding honor in the scriptures. Perhaps the one command that is most memorable is to honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2). But there are other commands like in 1 Peter 2:17, “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17 ESV) Peter also commanded the need to show honor in marriage (1 Peter 3:7). Honor is an important concept in the scriptures. Honor means to estimate with value, accord recognition, and show appreciation. The command, therefore, is that we would show genuine appreciation and admiration for others. We will be quick to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and demonstrate a genuine love for others without jealousy.

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