1 Timothy 5:3
"Honor widows who are really widows." NKJV
Throughout the Bible we are called upon to honor those around us. In Exodus we are called to honor our mother and father. In the book of Leviticus, God calls us to honor the elderly. In the New Testament we are commanded to honor our spiritual leaders as well as widows. To honor someone is to place them in a high place, to see them as important. In short, to honor someone is to place more significance on them than on ourselves.
Romans 12:10 "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;" NKJV
What if we all lived lives dedicated to honoring one another? The battles over minor differences would disappear as we seek out the best interest of the other person. Competing for power or recognition would be erased from the church as we rejoice with those around us. This is exactly what Jesus did. In Philippians 2 we see an image of Jesus stepping out of heaven for us. While we are not worthy of anything, He left His throne so that we could be forgiven. If we live as our Savior did, a servant to others, we will honor each other and the world will never be the same.
Life Lesson: To honor someone is to place a value upon them that supersedes the focus on 'self'.
Today I thank You for the love and grace that You have shown me. Help me to show the same love and grace towards those around me. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can honor them. Whether it's through kind words, generous gifts or diligent work; give me the strength to live like Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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