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Showing Honor

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves" (Rom. 12:10).

Honor is one of those traits that is deliciously human. No where in the animal kingdom does this trait seem to exist. Older animals are left to die. We, as humans though have this wonderful sense of family in which older people like our grand parents are shown honor. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord is giving you" (Ex. 20:12). Maybe this is where it started as one of the Ten Commandments, but regardless, showing honor within families is a wonderfully human trait. When we stop honoring, I believe we cease to be civilized. When kindness and compassion is cast aside and our interest is only for self, humans relegate themselves to live like the beasts of the field.

Honor should be extended to more than just our human families however. As a school teacher, I remember the days when the profession was one of honor. I taught in several small schools, and was always shown a great deal of respect by the parents of my students and the community. How about the honor we ought to show to our elected officials, who are lampooned daily by the "so called" news media, and in today's blog frenzy?

How about honor within the church? Paul's statement in today's verse is a powerful one. "Honor one another above yourselves." (The NSRV says, "outdo one another in showing honor)... The is the same honor shown by the Samaritan in Luke ten as both the priest and Levite passed by the man who had been robbed. Jesus was teaching about loving our neighbors as ourselves. I consider that to be a trait of honor. The Lord has seemed to built within us a sense of respect for the aged and a compassion to provide for the needy. In one way, honor is about respect and deference. In another it is about mercy and compassion.

If those who do not know of the "gentleness of Christ" honor their aged and helpless, how much more should we who know Him just exude this wonderful virtue? Jesus teaching in Matthew 25 when he talks about; "I was hungry and you fed me...thirsty and you gave me drink...needed clothes and you clothed me...sick and you looked after prison and you visited me....Those he was speaking to asked, "When did we see you this way? He said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." The way I see it, when we show honor to one another through our mercy, love and compassion, we also honor Jesus. We become more Christ-like. It is what we should strive toward...

Have a wonderful week...Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4;11

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