Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – (Romans 12:10, NIV)
Love each other in a way that makes you feel close like brothers and sisters. And give each other more honor than you give yourself. – (Romans 12:10, ERV)
Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another. – (Romans 12:10, TPT)
This is the recipe for success in any relationship we enter into. When we choose to be devoted to one another in love, and honor and respect each other, peace prevails and the relationship flourishes. Honoring each other means giving the other person grace and the benefit of the doubt, assuming positive intent. When misunderstandings occur, devoted love seeks to understand and make amends, rather than going elsewhere to complain or figure it out. Relationships that follow these principles are the ones we tend to value the most. If we choose to go about our day, investing in others, devoted in love, and treating each with respect and honor, our community thrives and grows in love. May we seek the Lord to empower and equip us to be devoted to loving those around us in the way that we are called to love.
Love one another,
Devoted and true;
Brothers and sisters,
As we’re called to do.
Choose to give respect,
And honor above;
To one another,
Do all things in love.
For as we all choose,
Love each other well;
As in peace we dwell.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You showed us what it is to love one another best through Your Son. Thank You that You empower and equip us to love as You call us to love, with honor, respect and devotion. Forgive us for the times that we have not preferred one another, or have not loved as You call us to love. Teach us to trust You more. Show us how to love like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love one another as You call us to love. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34