5th March 2015
‘Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.’ Romans 12:10 (NLT)
If you’ve ever known someone you didn’t like, then you can understand how I struggle with honouring certain people. If you know people who annoy you or make you angry, you can sympathise with the difficulty I face when I read a verse like the one above and force myself to honour those who I’d rather avoid.
When I read this verse, I wish it was referring only to those people that I like to be around. However, the apostle Paul, who wrote this verse, meant that we need to include everybody in our efforts to love and honour others with genuine affection.
Paul doesn’t say just to honour each other; he says to take delight when we do it. When I consistently care for those who I am angry with, or who don’t fit in with my group of friends, I grow more like Christ. You also grow spiritually when you honour those you love.
Question to consider
In what ways and situations do you need to be less important or in a weaker position than someone else?
Pray that God will help you to include everybody in your efforts to love and honour others with genuine affection.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.