Outdo one another in showing honour.
This machine-gun list of commands come down to the practicalities of living the christian life each day.
We should hate what is evil and love what is good. We should love other christians and contribute to their needs,
We are to extend that love to those who persecute or curse us. We must bless them and not curse. We must not seek revenge, but leave that to the Lord. If our enemies are hungry we must feed them; if they are thirsty give them something to drink.
We must be people who not only live honourable lives, but also excel in giving honour to one another.
We live in an age where honour is conditional and limited. We honour sports champions as long as they keep winning. We honour political leaders as long as they are on our side.
Many people spend a life-time quietly and humbly serving their community, but are ignored or taken for granted.
Even churches are loathe to honour leaders and servants. Pastors are criticised rather than lifted up. Other churches and denominations easily receive criticism.
This week the city of Houston in the United States is being pummelled by a hurricane and the subsequent flooding. Some people were quick to criticise Joel Osteen for not opening his church building as a refuge. It turns out that they offered their facility to the city as a last resort because it was feared that it could become subject to flooding also. We can be so eager to assume bad motives to other people.
“Outdo one another in showing honour.” This must start with me. How can I express honour to the people around me, especially the one I don’t get along with?
Lord may I become a person who builds up not criticises others. Show me how to honour my brothers and sisters, even my enemies. Amen.