Preferring One Another

by Benjamin Burks on January 13, 2011 · 2 comments

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10,

Paul says in the last of v.10, “in honor giving preference to one another.” The literal meaning of this phrase in Greek is “to lead in bestowing honor to one another.” We are to take the lead in giving honor and respect to others. Look for opportunities to bestow honor to others, and speak well of others.

So today, let us take the initiative in bestowing or wishing honor on others. Look for opportunities to speak well of another believer. Let us boost others rather than ourselves. If we do that, we will promote unity in the church.

Pride is a major source of contention among people. Twice in the Gospel of Luke we read that a dispute arose among the apostles as to who would be the greatest among them (9:46; 22:24). Their pride and ambition led to a dispute. But humility promotes unity. So Paul says in the last of v.16, “Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” These clauses are directed against the high-mindedness of vain ambition. So to promote unity, we need to: 1. Reject Selfish Ambition. 2. Do Not Overestimate Your Wisdom & Intelligence vs. 16.

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