19/21 Days of Prayer
Romans 12:10 (TPT)
Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.
I am a pretty competitive person! I am so competitive that I don’t generally participate in games with my friends and family to make sure that my friends and family stay my friends and family. Competition isn’t often encouraged in the Bible, but this scripture in Romans is one of the rare occasions. Paul encourages us to outdo each other in respect and honor. This means that if there is any area we should be competitive in, it’s respect and honor for each other. To honor is to esteem, cherish, to value, to build up, to encourage, and to believe the best. To dishonor is to treat as common, to tear down, to criticize, and to assume the worst. Looking at both of these definitions, does your life look more like honor or dishonor?
Whether you feel like you are honoring well, or you need some improvement in this area, today is a great day to try to outdo yourselves in honor and respect of one another.
God, help me honor the people in my life. Help me to cherish them, believe the best in them, and treat them like the treasure that they are. I need your help to do this. In Jesus’ name, Amen.