The Only Biblical Consession for seeking to outdo your neighbour
Did you know that there’s a verse in the Bible where we are actually told to compete against each other? It can be found in Romans 12:10
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Wow! Picture the Church filled with people who live by this scripture. Christian counsellors and pastors would have their workloads massively reduced, churches would be filled to capacity with more new people coming in, saying “what is it that these people have?”
BROTHERLY LOVE says: “We are family, joined by blood (the blood shed for us by Jesus) therefore we stand together. We belong to one another and I will love you no matter what”
HONOUR says: “I value you more highly than I value myself. You matter. You count”
The New Testament is packed with commands to love one another and to let our love ‘be evident to all’ (those outside the church.) I’m sure you’ve heard the very true saying that love isn’t a feeling, it’s an act of the will. Love is a ‘doing word’.
It’s about sacrificing our own needs in place of another’s: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”John 15:13
There are times when, just as in any family, in our particular church family, we might not feel very loving (or indeed loved) But it’s a choice to love. Or not to love.
Let’s start today, and see how many people in our lives we can “outdo” in our acts of love and honour!
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